Friends of Manufacturing

Regulatory Reform is Key to Economic Growth

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Every business and manufacturer will agree that government regulations are necessary to keep work environments safe, safeguard public health, and ensure operations running smoothly. However, duplicative and unnecessary federal regulations have gotten out of control.  

Federal regulations cost all businesses just under $10,000 per employee annually. This burden hits small businesses and manufacturers the hardest. They can’t afford and shouldn’t have to pay lump sums just to ensure compliance with federal regulations. Federal government agencies are failing to consider the impact overburdening regulations have on local manufacturers and communities. Every dollar spent on regulatory compliance is a dollar not spent on hiring new employees or growing the business. In fact, $2 trillion worth are added each year in costly federal regulations.

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Weekly Political Update -- August 12, 2016

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President

A series of five polls released this week from Princeton Survey Research Associates International, Bloomberg/Selzer & Company, UPI/C-Voter, Ipsos/Reuters, and Rasmussen Reports find Donald Trump closing Hillary Clinton’s national popular vote lead despite his overload of negative publicity.  The average Clinton advantage margin from these five polls is 5.2%, down from last week’s 8.8% average split. 

This week, however, not all of the five pollsters included the minor party candidates for their ballot tests.  Trump typically performs one to two points better when Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein are included.

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Friends of Manufacturing Election Update -- August 10, 2016

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Ryan Crushes; Other Results
 
House Speaker Paul Ryan recorded an 84-16% landslide victory against Republican primary opponent Paul Nehlen last night in southern Wisconsin.  Nehlen was on his way to approaching the $1 million mark in campaign expenditures, but it did little to help expose any weakness in the Ryan political base.
 
Mr. Ryan followed the lead of his predecessor, former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH-8), when faced with a similar primary circumstance in 2014.  Boehner re-invented himself as the local Congressman for that particular race, returning to his roots in western Ohio and never mentioning his GOP opponent in ads or speeches.  In fact, never did Mr. Ryan even indicate that he was the House Speaker, instead confining his personal description to that of local Congressman.
 
Nehlen attacked heavily on immigration and trade, but it was Ryan’s years of work in the district and never losing touch with his political base and core constituency that allowed him to record such a big primary victory.  In fact, the current Speaker actually ran 13 points ahead of the former Speaker’s final primary performance against a more difficult political opponent.
 
Mr. Ryan now faces computer security consultant and former Iraq War veteran Ryan Solen (D) in the general election.  The latter man scored a 59% victory in last night’s Democratic primary.  The Speaker becomes the prohibitive favorite for that campaign.
 
 
 

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Support an All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy for America

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Affordable and reliable energy is essential to everyday life for American families, businesses, and manufacturers. That’s why it is crucial for policymakers to support an all-of-the-above energy strategy that focuses on utilizing all of our nation’s vast, untapped domestic energy resources.

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Time to Invest in our Nation’s Crumbling Infrastructure!

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For many Americans, August is a busy time for traveling. Families hit the road to squeeze in a vacation before school starts back, members of Congress head back to their districts to meet with constituents, the average American commutes to and from work, and manufacturers transport goods to customers across the country and abroad. Whether your travel is near or far, for fun or work, or by train, plane or automobile, it’s impossible not to notice that our nation’s aging infrastructure is crumbling.

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