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National Association of Manufacturers president John Engler on December 9 offered praise and gratitude to the 109th Congress for enacting legislation vital to manufacturing as it concluded its work and passed into history.
“In their final hours, members of the 109th provided
In particular, Engler commended action allowing access to domestic energy supplies in the Outer Continental Shelf.
“Exploring the OCS is an important step toward a more abundant, flexible and affordable energy supply that is critical to the
Turning to trade, Engler also praised inclusion of a number of key trade initiatives, including the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), the Generalize System of Preferences (GSP), the Andean Trade Preferences Act (ATPA) and Permanent Normal Trade Relations for
“These are all critical trade programs for
“By sending the President legislation that increases our economic security and strengthens our competitiveness in the global marketplace, Congress has helped level the playing field for manufacturers,” Engler said. “This legislation is good for business and consumers. In its final hours, the 109th Congress has shown an impressive ability to work together. We applaud their efforts and look forward to a similar commitment to results when the 110th Congress convenes next month.”
The National Association of Manufacturers is the nation’s largest industrial trade association, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Headquartered in