Amplifying members’ voices
NAFEM regularly joins forces with other organizations to advance the industry’s perspective with elected, and appointed officials. Highlights of recent efforts follow:
- With the Section 199A 20 percent deduction for qualified business expenses scheduled to sunset at the end of 2025, NAFEM joined more than 80 trade associations in support of the Main Street Tax Certainty Act of 2021 that would make the deduction permanent. Analysis by economists found that doing so would result in significantly increased economic growth in the coming years.
- More than 100 organizations including NAFEM urged the U.S. House of Representatives to oppose the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. “Manufacturers believe we need to have a genuine conversation about updating the nation’s labor law to support workers and better reflect the modern manufacturing workplace. However, the PRO Act would hurt works, threaten job creation and create adversarial relationships between employees and employers.”
- Nearly 600 organizations representing millions of American small businesses urged the Senate to extend the deadline for the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) through Dec. 31. Doing so will “ensure that the segment of small businesses facing the greatest obstacles, do not get left behind.”
- Newly appointed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan received support from NAFEM and 21 other organizations as the agency addresses its remit to provide clarity on EPA’s approach to chemical risk management under the 2016 Toxic Substances and Control Act (TSCA). “We strongly believe environmental regulations – especially those governing chemicals in commerce – should be designed to ensure that they maximize results for at-risk communities, safeguard biodiversity and minimize negative societal and economic impacts. Additionally, instituting such a standardized approach will increase the efficiency of agency efforts to address chemical risks while also maximizing stakeholders’ ability to partner with the agency to effectively protect the environment and address public health concerns.”
- As part of the Trade Relief Coalition (TRC) sponsored by the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC), NAFEM drafted a briefing paper on “Why recent tariffs harm our economy” to be shared with Gina Raimondo, secretary of commerce; Katherine Tai, U.S. trade representative; and Brian Deese, National Economic Council. The paper called for the rollback of Section 232 and Section 301 tariffs and explained how they damage downstream industries as well as U.S. exports due to retaliatory tariffs of other countries.
- NAFEM and other members of the Coalition of American Metal Manufacturers and Users (CAMMU) sent a letter to newly appointed Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. The letter shared CAMMU data on the negative consequences of the Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs, following Secretary Raimondo’s comment that “the data show the tariffs to have been effective.” CAMMU also addressed the delay in the exclusion process that is causing uncertainty for U.S. companies.
California’s proposed changes to Proposition 65 regulations threaten to disrupt manufacturing supply chains at a time when the distribution of goods and lifesaving supplies is more important than ever. Members can join NAFEM in signing on to the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) efforts to secure the withdrawal of these requirements before March 29. NAFEM also plans to submit comments to California’s Office of Environmental Hazard Health Assessment (OEHHA) before the March 29 deadline.