Protect and grow the manufacturing workforce
America was built on hard work, grit and determination. These characteristics are an essential piece of the American Dream and still stand strong within the manufacturing community today.
Manufacturers in the U.S. need a strong workforce of high-quality and highly-skilled individuals to compete and succeed globally, and American workers need the right skills to find good paying jobs and to advance in the workplace. Manufacturers and employees must work together in their communities to succeed in today’s advanced manufacturing operations, and are ready to work with Congress and the Trump Administration on legislative solutions that ensure the next generation of life-changing technologies is manufactured in the United States.
Over the past several years, regulations from federal agencies created uncertainty between employers and employees. Manufacturers want the safest and most productive workplace possible; they don’t want Washington mandates telling them how they should run their businesses or preventing them from giving their employees all the facts when it comes to labor issues.
Support Affordable, Reliable Health Care
Access to affordable and reliable health care is critical to the continued success and realization of the American dream. It gives us the ability to provide for our families during our working years and enjoy the rewards of that hard work in our later years. Employers understand that offering health care benefits to their employees is the best way to ensure a healthy and happy work environment.
Unfortunately, health care costs, medical taxes and insurance premiums have skyrocketed under the Affordable Care Act, driving up costs for both employers and employees. Manufacturers urge the new Congress and Trump Administration to fix our health care system, reduce costs and eliminate unnecessary regulations that make it extremely difficult for manufacturers to provide their employees with good health care.
The Importance of Fair and Free Trade
Manufacturers in the U.S. make innovative and high-quality products that consumers need and depend on, like Ford pickup trucks, Caterpillar bulldozers, Boeing airplanes, and Harley Davidson motorcycles. However, 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside of the United States. We simply can’t compete unless we have fair trade agreements that allow businesses to connect with consumers abroad and give manufacturers a boost against global competition for jobs and investment. If we don’t write the rules, countries like China and India will, stacking the deck against manufacturers in the U.S. and shutting us out of the best global markets.
Invest in Our Nation's Infrastructure
Few things conjure up images of America like the open road. An open road equals freedom and endless possibilities—the same things that make America great. Our roads and highways keep us connected to our jobs and our friends and families. They also allow manufacturers to transport products to customers in the United States and abroad.
But take a closer look and you will see that our highways are crumbling and our bridges are deteriorating. For the past decade, Congress sat back and watched as America’s transportation infrastructure fell behind.
Support an “all-of-the-above” Energy Strategy
Energy is essential to everyday life in America. From the moment your alarm clock goes off in the morning to turning on the nightlight in your children’s bedroom, the need for energy is constant. Both the American people and manufacturers need adequate, secure and affordable energy to compete and succeed in a global economy.
Due to developments in new technologies and advancements in energy sources, our nation’s energy future looks very bright. President Trump and Congress have the opportunity to further advance the energy renaissance by implementing sensible energy policies that encourage the discovery and development of a wide range of domestic energy sources and improve energy efficiency.
About Friends of Manufacturing
Friends of Manufacturing knows the vital role that manufacturing plays in each and every community, big or small, throughout the United States. We believe that everyone, from the machine operator, to the small business owner, to the millions of Americans who want to make Manufacturing in America everything it can be, should have a say in government policies that affect their livelihood. We’ll let you know when issues that are critical to our well-being are being debated in Washington. And we’ll let you know what you can do about it. With your help, we can make Manufacturing in America as strong as it can be, for our communities, for our workers, and for our future.