Gino DiCaro

Fed Update: Manufacturers testify on Capitol Hill for pro-growth policies

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, Feb. 6, 2017 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Last week manufacturers’ voices were heard in multiple U.S. congressional hearings, and the message was clear, according to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM): Congress and the new administration must work together to shape a commonsense, pro-growth agenda.

U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) began the hearing “Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America” by referencing a letter to President Donald Trump from a coalition of business and labor groups calling for a broad infrastructure bill. Leaders of NAM member companies testified at the hearing: Frederick Smith, chairman and CEO of FedEx Corporation; David MacLennan, chairman and CEO of Cargill, Inc.; Ludwig Willisch, president and CEO of BMW of North America; and Mary Andringa, chair of the board of Vermeer Corporation. They were joined by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. The committee heard a strong and united message about the immediate need to upgrade transportation and infrastructure systems to ensure U.S. global competitiveness.

In a hearing before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), NAM board member Joe Eddy, president and CEO of Eagle Manufacturing Company, explained how per-employee premiums rose from $13,500 to $22,800 in just three years. “We strive to provide health care benefits that allow for a strong, healthy workforce, but it is a struggle given the limits, restrictions and mandates of the ACA,” said Eddy. “I know that my struggle is not unique.”

Much of this week’s testimony included policy prescriptions that can be found in NAM’s “Competing to Win” policy agenda. You can contact NAM's Robyn Boerstling for more details at (202) 637-3178.

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