Friends of Manufacturing

Encouraging Innovation Will Ensure Manufacturing Success

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From lifesaving medications to the latest electronics, the innovative products we depend on are made possible by manufacturers. Innovation is the heart beat of the manufacturing industry.

Delivering more than three-quarters of all private sector research and development, manufacturers in the U.S. are always innovating and improving quality of life for Americans across the country. However, to ensure that manufacturers and employees can continue to lead and succeed in the global economy, President-elect Trump and the members of the newly sworn in 115th Congress must implement strong policies that embrace innovation, not ones that stand in the way.  

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President-elect Trump: Let’s Work Together on Smart Environmental Policies

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Manufacturers are committed to sustainability and protecting the environment, but we need smart policies that encourage innovation and embracing new technologies to reach these goals. Currently, manufactures are struggling to comply with regulations put in place by the outgoing administration, making it difficult to achieve our own sustainability commitments and goals. 

Manufacturers spend an average of $10,497 per employee complying with federal environmental regulations. From the Clean Power Plan to the Waters of the U.S. regulation, Congressional leaders and the new administration must focus on revamping costly environmental policies that cause uncertainty and prevent manufacturers from generating more job opportunities and expanding businesses. 

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Boost Manufacturing Jobs through Workforce Development and Training

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In order to keep and grow manufacturing jobs in the U.S., we must address the widening skills gap in the manufacturing sector.  In today’s advanced manufacturing operations, the skills workers have are not always the skills in demand by manufacturers.

Workers are missing out on new job opportunities or advancements in the current workplace because they lack the specific and often tech-savvy skills needed. Additionally, manufacturers are facing increased production costs and revenue losses due to the skills shortage. If the skills shortage is not addressed, it is estimated that nearly 10 million jobs will remain unfilled over the next 10 years. 

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Immigration Reform Key to Manufacturers’ Competitiveness

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Our nation’s immigration system is broken. It’s a complicated issue that has been heavily debated, but it must be reformed in 2017. Our immigration system is not functional and it greatly impacts manufacturers’ competitiveness.

Border security is a real concern that must be addressed, but we also must create a workable system that welcomes foreign-born talent. Too often, our immigration system forces immigrants educated in the United States to move abroad to work, manufacture, innovate, and compete against us.   

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Manufacturers Need Open and Fair Trade to Succeed

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Manufacturers across the country know that advances in technology and transportation have connected the global economy and introduced unique ways for companies to reach customers abroad. With only ten percent of the population living in the U.S., it is crucial that manufacturers in the U.S. can reach foreign customers.

Furthermore, half of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. depend on exports, so it is critical to establish fair and open deals that allow manufacturers to ship their products abroad. However, global trade rules must be strongly enforced to eliminate cheating in the marketplace. 

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Manufacturers and Employees Deserve Health Care Reform

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Rising health care and insurance costs make it increasingly harder for manufacturers and businesses to provide good coverage options to their employees. As a result, a majority of people see health care as their top policy concern, with 54 percent of Americans disapproving of legislation like the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a study by the Pew Research Center.

Burdensome health care regulations present numerous challenges for manufacturers in the U.S. In fact, according to a recent National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) survey, nearly 75 percent of members rank health care and insurance costs as a top business challenge. 

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Make Regulations and Our Legal System Great Again

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A number of burdensome, government-imposed regulations make it difficult for manufacturers and businesses in the U.S. to expand and create jobs. The current administration has issued 637 new regulations though October 2016—that’s a new regulation every four and a half days. Many of these regulations are duplicative or unnecessary and it’s nearly impossible to comply with the thousands of requirements manufacturers’ face.

Manufacturers and businesses in America are bogged down by duplicative and unnecessary regulations. The newly sworn in 115th Congress and President-elect Donald Trump must implement tangible solutions that will simplify and improve the quality of regulations and our legal system. 

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Reforming Labor Regulations Will Generate Job Opportunities for Americans

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The United States is struggling with a shortage of skilled workers to meet manufacturing demands. Therefore, labor policy needs to adapt to current workforce needs.

Unfortunately, a recent stream of burdensome and unpredictable labor regulations are preventing manufacturers across America from investing in and maintaining flexible employees who can handle the changing landscape of manufacturing. 

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President-elect Trump: Maximize Our Energy Advantage

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The energy landscape in the U.S. is constantly changing and evolving. Manufacturers and families across the country depend on innovative technologies and a broad mix of resources to keep energy affordable. It’s how manufacturers in the U.S. maintain a competitive advantage and can afford to grow and hire more employees.

However, policies from Washington often serve to restrict energy resources and development, instead of encouraging it. This must change. President-elect Trump and newly sworn in members of the 115th Congress must work closely with manufacturers to drive much-needed energy infrastructure projects and maximize our energy advantage to support American jobs and boost our economy. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and Friends of Manufacturing stand behind these efforts and are offering solutions to embrace sensible energy policies.

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Pro-Growth Tax Reform Essential to the Success of Manufacturing and America

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Our country’s burdensome tax code is outdated and impacts manufacturers’ ability to grow and hire new employees. The United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the world. As a result, we’ve seen slow economic growth in recent years and an employment rate that doesn’t match up to our nation’s growth potential.

President-elect Trump and the newly sworn in 115th Congress must work to implement pro-growth tax reform that will support millions of manufacturers and their employees. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and Friends of Manufacturing stand behind these efforts and are offering solutions to generate economic growth. 

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