Recently I was fortunate to attend the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Manufacturing Summit held in Washington, DC on June 15th and 16th, 2011.
The Summit was attended by nearly 400 manufacturers from all over the US because manufacturing jobs matter, not only to families and local communities but also to our country’s overall economic health. Manufacturing currently employs 12 million Americans directly.
The Summit was an opportunity to learn about important core issues that affect the manufacturing base in the United States. We were provided with a packet of information to use in the meetings with each of our Congressmen. The three core topics of discussion for Congress during the Hill visits were: stop government overregulation, support tax reform, and pass free-trade agreements. The messages brought to our House Representatives and Senators will help manufacturing grow in America.
In addition to visits on the Hill by the attendees, there were two powerful speakers at the Summit: Senator John Thune (R-SD), Chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, and William Daley, Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama. Of course each speaker provided his position on how to improve the US economy included the impending federal debt ceiling crisis.
One of the attendees got up to speak to Mr. Daley about how government overreach was negatively affecting his manufacturing plant in Massachusetts to generate green electricity and perhaps force him to consider investing in more offshore operations. It was a sad tale of too much and too big a government bureaucracy that does not understand creating jobs in America means more tax revenues.
Governments all across the world envy the economic might of the United States. Today, companies can choose from a number of countries, many which are adopting pro-growth reforms to lower taxes, implement trade pacts, and reduce regulatory barriers. Inaction on our part as Americans is not an option.
Manufacturing means JOBS!
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