Strengthening Manufacturing by Capitalizing on U.S. Energy Leadership
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, Congress has 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.
Creating a Cleaner, Safer and More Prosperous Economy
Everyone wants clean water and clean air. Everyone needs a good job and an economy that delivers new opportunities and a better life. Manufacturers are proving we can deliver both.
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.
Congress needs to work to reduce soaring health care costs, improve the efficiency of the current system and enhance the quality of care. We must drive down health care costs and ensure reforms to America’s health care system are smart and effective—and work for manufacturers and our employees.
Supporting Manufacturing Jobs and Growth; Removing Uncertainty and Unfair Barriers
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.
Transportation & Infrastructure
Invest in Our Nation's Infrastructure
Manufacturers need a modern infrastructure system to compete in a global economy. Strong and reliable infrastructure—from roads and rails to pipelines and broadband—helps manufacturers move materials and products efficiently, and gives our hardworking employees the tools to succeed.
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 on legislative solutions that ensure the next generation of life-changing technologies is manufactured in the United States.
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.