This week’s Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committee hearings on President Obama’s 2015 trade agenda kicked off new work to win passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and other manufacturing trade goals. The NAM aggressively continued its push for action to secure these market-opening and -enhancing opportunities.
With the President and congressional leaders all calling for passage of TPA, the NAM is rallying manufacturers across the country and gearing up for an all-out campaign to quickly pass this critical legislation. As a leader in the Trade Benefits America Coalition, the NAM is engaging lawmakers on Capitol Hill and in their districts, organizing manufacturing allies in every state and launching a broad-based effort in the press and through blogs and social media to build and demonstrate broad support.
At this week’s hearings, the NAM submitted statements (click here and here) for the record, making the case for a U.S. trade policy that can unlock manufacturing growth and support higher-paying jobs in the United States. Earlier today, NAM Vice President of International Economic Affairs Linda Dempsey took to the airwaves, calling for TPA on a nationally televised C-SPAN broadcast. You can join the fight by clicking here to send a letter to your entire congressional delegation and by joining the conversation on social media at #TPA4USJobs.
The NAM’s trade team also advanced other manufacturing trade priorities this week. They led efforts on a joint industry letter, signed by more than 90 companies and business organizations, to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R‑WI). The letter urged action on the long-stalled Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), which would eliminate U.S. tariffs on products not produced in the United States. The NAM’s appeal resonated strongly at the House Ways and Means Committee hearing, where Chairman Ryan emphasized the “need to find a way forward” and other committee members voiced strong support for moving the MTB.
In addition to urging passage of the MTB, the NAM extended its persistent advocacy for the long-term reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. The NAM continues to lead a multipronged advocacy, communications and grassroots campaign for its long-term extension.
Read more about the NAM’s trade agenda to advance manufacturing competitiveness and join our efforts to advance this agenda in 2015.