PRESS RELEASE: Manufacturers to Next President and Congress: Be Bold on Infrastructure; Build to Win

Washington, D.C., October 12, 2016 – Today, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the largest manufacturing association in the United States, is releasing “Building to Win,” an ambitious, new initiative to revitalize our nation’s failing infrastructure. In a vote by the 121-year-old association, the initiative was unanimously adopted by the NAM Board of Directors.

Both major party presidential candidates have indicated their desire to address our infrastructure needs in 2017. As plans move forward, the NAM will work collaboratively to encourage the next president and lawmakers to address our most pressing infrastructure priorities and to ensure that investments not only strengthen manufacturing in the United States but also deliver world-class infrastructure for the American people. “Building to Win” identifies many of the most serious infrastructure challenges in America, offers solutions to our problems and provides a menu of possible funding options to consider to pay for the more than $1 trillion investment that is needed.

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PRESS RELEASE: Don’t Let Politics Stop Critical Infrastructure

Washington, D.C., September 22, 2016 – The National Association of Manufacturers and the Midwest Alliance for Infrastructure Now (MAIN) are launching another series of print and digital advertisements urging members of the administration to support President Obama’s call for infrastructure development by allowing the Dakota Access Pipeline to move forward.The seven-figure ad campaign is targeting Washington, D.C., and national outlets in both print and online.

To view the advertisement, click here.

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Politics’ Corrosive Effect on Jobs Has Gone Too Far

Lost in the news about today’s jobs numbers is politics’ corrosive effect on future labor reports and our nation’s standing in the world. Actions and debates underway in America today are erecting walls to long-term prosperity for millions of manufacturers. It’s wrong that this administration’s policies have caused health care costs to skyrocket, while policymakers use red tape to regulate many manufacturers out of business.

It’s unfortunate that critical energy infrastructure projects, such as the Dakota Access pipeline, are threatened, resulting in less energy independence and slower job growth. And it’s a failure of leadership when those seeking to serve us in elected office attack the very reasons we’re great, such as global trade and our free enterprise system.

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Manufacturers Highlight Importance of Our Nation’s Infrastructure

Washington, D.C., May 16, 2016 – The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is joining other businesses, labor organizations and elected officials across the United States to tell policymakers and citizens to promote the need for more investment. Strong, resilient infrastructure is critical to our country’s economic growth and vitality and is essential to manufacturing’s continued success and competitiveness.

“It is not an exaggeration to say that infrastructure touches every part of manufacturing, from roads, bridges and ports to energy pipelines and transmission, and even internet access, telephone lines and broadband networks and without a strong, robust infrastructure network manufacturing suffers, and America falls behind our foreign competitors,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “Investing in infrastructure is investing in our future, and there is no excuse for policymakers to abdicate this responsibility while other countries outpace us.

Despite partial progress from Congress last year, lawmakers are still struggling to make serious long-term investments, and too frequently fall back on stop gap provisions to move us out of the immediate crisis. That may seem harmless, but in reality it creates uncertainty, disadvantages manufacturers and erodes manufacturers’ ability to think long-term and innovate. In this election year, manufacturing voters will consider which candidates are prepared to address our need for modern, reliable infrastructure to thrive in today’s global economy.”

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Manufacturers: Shale Production Driving Manufacturing Renaissance

According to a report released today, the United States will continue to reap enormous economic and job-creation benefits from domestic oil and shale gas production.

“This report confirms that manufacturers’ best days are ahead and that the shale revolution could spur economic growth and job creation for years to come,” said National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons in reaction to the recent IHS report cosponsored by the NAM and other trade associations. “Unfortunately, this growth is not a foregone conclusion. Overreach by state and federal lawmakers and regulators could slow this progress and, in the worst case, stop it.”

The report found that increased oil and gas production made possible by advances in shale technology is supporting millions of jobs, increasing household incomes, boosting trade and contributing to a new increase in U.S. competitiveness around the world. Key report findings include the following:

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