Guarding Your First Amendment Freedoms

Freedom of association is one of the bedrock American freedoms written into our Constitution in the First Amendment.  As a business trade association proudly advocating on behalf of the manufacturing community, this freedom is foundational to our existence.  Not only does association membership allow our individual members to be more effective through collective action, but the NAM umbrella helps to protect our members from retribution for taking positions that are essential to the economic health and vitality of manufacturers, but might be unpopular with political opponents.

A landmark U.S. Supreme Court case from 1958, NAACP v. Alabama, formally recognized and reinforced freedom of association as a right, and further held that an essential element of this right was the freedom to do so without public disclosure of association membership.  The case concerned the state of Alabama’s efforts to oust the NAACP from the state through strong-arm intimidation tactics, including seeking disclosure of the NAACP’s membership list.  The Supreme Court held that requiring disclosure of its member list violated NAACP’s 14th amendment due process rights and that requiring disclosure of its member lists would suppress the members’ rights to freely associate. (continue reading…)

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TPP Must Ensure Cross-Border Data Flows and Reject Localization Requirements

As highlighted in the National Association of Manufacturers’ new Trans-Pacific Partnership Priorities report, the final TPP agreement should ensure that cross-border data flows are permitted across all 12 TPP countries, without restriction or local storage/processing requirements for all types of providers, while ensuring IP rights are protected. A final deal should also prohibit foreign localization requirements that would require the use of local information infrastructure as a condition to conduct or expand business operations. Why is this issue so important to manufacturers? (continue reading…)

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How Protecting Property and Innovation with Fair Processes and Strong Standards in the TPP Are Vital to Improve Competitiveness and Promote Prosperity

America was built on hard work, respect for private property and the rule of law. With basic due process, equal protection and property protections core to the U.S. Constitution and laws such as the Administrative Procedure Act and laws protecting innovation and intellectual property, America has forged the most innovative and resilient manufacturing sector in the world. (continue reading…)

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Manufacturers One Step Closer to CTU Fix

By an overwhelming vote of 58-0, the House Committee on Financial Services approved a bill (H.R. 1317) on July 29 to further protect manufacturers from unnecessary regulatory costs when using derivatives to manage risk.   (continue reading…)

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Partnership is Critical for Sensible IoT Strategy

The Internet of Things (IoT), the network of connectivity between all objects, continues to transform every aspect of the manufacturing enterprise.  Manufacturers are increasingly using IoT to help increase operational efficiency and innovation. Yesterday the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual and the Internet held a hearing  on IoT and the NAM seized the opportunity to submit comments for the official record.  (continue reading…)

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NAM Supports Legislation to Defend Trade Secrets

The NAM has been an advocate for policy solutions that will assist manufacturers in pursuing trade secret thieves and therefore strongly supports legislation introduced late yesterday in both the House and Senate that will increase the efficiency in how our industry defends and protects its intellectual property.

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Ambitious TPP Market Access Package Critical for Manufacturers in the United States

U.S. exports of manufactured goods have helped grow U.S.-based manufacturing and support millions of good-paying jobs. At the same time, manufacturers face significant tariff, non-tariff barriers and other unfair trade practices in many Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) markets. An ambitious TPP agreement must level the playing field for manufacturers in the U.S. by eliminating these barriers, which will be critical to growing manufacturing in this country. (continue reading…)

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NAM Hosts Shopfloor Event on Heels of Senate Ex-Im Vote

Today the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) hosted a Shopfloor briefing for congressional staff about the need to reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank, a critical tool for U.S. exporters. The briefing comes after a late-night vote in the U.S. Senate on an amendment to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank through FY2019, which was attached to a highway funding bill. Now that the Senate has passed an Ex-Im reauthorization with broad support, all eyes turn to the House of Representatives to do the same.

Shopfloor Ex Im

U.S. Representative Chris Collins (R-NY) addresses the importance of Ex-Im reauthorization during a Shopfloor briefing on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning.

U.S. Representative Chris Collins (R-NY), who spent 36 years as a small business owner, gave remarks that emphasized the importance of the Ex-Im Bank to U.S. small businesses. Rep. Collins knows firsthand the value of exports to small businesses and their employees.

Despite bipartisan support in both the House and Senate for Ex-Im reauthorization, Congress allowed the Ex-Im Bank’s charter to lapse on June 30 for the first time in its history. As a result, companies like International Green Structures (IGS) are unable to move forward with new projects. IGS is a small manufacturer of environmentally sustainable materials used to make a variety of structures including affordable houses for low income populations in developing countries. David Kralik, a member of IGS’s finance team, said during today’s Shopfloor event that his company is in a “holding pattern” until the Bank is reauthorized because it needs Ex-Im Bank support for a contract in Nigeria. Learn more about IGS’s Ex-Im story by clicking here.

Trade policy experts also participating on today’s panel included Matthew Ekberg, Vice President of International Policy for the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade; Howard Schweitzer, Managing Partner at Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies; and Georgette P. Sierra, Vice President of Government Affairs at the Financial Services Roundtable. These panelists provided insight into the public-private partnership between private-sector lenders and the Ex-Im Bank, the growing role of foreign export credit agencies (ECAs) and the important role that the Ex-Im Bank plays in mitigating risk for exporters and lenders. If Congress fails to reauthorize the Bank before it begins the August recess, U.S. businesses and the jobs they create will continue to be at a competitive disadvantage.

Right now, more than 60 foreign export credit agencies ECAs across the globe help support their respective domestic industries. The nine largest ECAs of our allies and competitors–Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, South Korea and the United Kingdom–provide nearly half a trillion dollars in annual export support, putting manufacturers in the United States at a deep disadvantage in competing for sales overseas. As our foreign competitors continue to expand into new markets and grow jobs in their own economies, Congress has forced U.S. manufacturers to forfeit opportunities and sit on the sidelines.

The Ex-Im Bank is a critical export tool for U.S. manufacturers and helps businesses of all sizes compete in the global marketplace. Learn more about the impact the Ex-Im Bank has on manufacturers of all sizes by clicking here.

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NAM TPP Priorities: Open Markets and Strengthen Global Competitiveness to Grow Manufacturing in the U.S.

Striking new high-standard and market-opening trade agreements with other countries is essential to strengthening America’s manufacturing edge. Across the United States, manufacturers of all sizes are increasingly turning to trade to expand their customer base, grow their business, access critical inputs from overseas and create and sustain jobs here at home. Thanks in substantial part to past trade deals, U.S.-manufactured exports topped $1.403 trillion in 2014 – the highest level in America’s history – and are contributing to the continued growth of manufacturing in the United States, which also reached its highest level ever, with $2.09 trillion in output in 2014. (continue reading…)

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If National Parks Can’t Comply with New Ozone Rules, How Can Your Community?

Today, the National Association of Manufacturers launched a TV advertising campaign highlighting the costly and unworkable ozone mandates coming out of Washington, D.C.

Not even the nation’s pristine wilderness areas can comply, according to a TV spot hitting the airwaves today in the nation’s capital. Ask yourself: If iconic national parks like Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Zion are found in violation of federal ozone standards, what does that mean for cities and towns where people actually live and work?

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