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During the May meetings of NAFEM’s Technical Liaison Committee and Data Protocol Subcommittee, members were reminded that every piece of equipment and device connected to a network requires rigorous cybersecurity monitoring. According to TechRepublic, manufacturing companies are “the new low-hanging fruit” for cybersecurity since banks and tech companies have strengthened their protections. Members should consider their vulnerabilities that could lead to a cyberattack.

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A Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) report highlights the influence of citizens on congressional decision making.  Find your Congressional representatives and their contact information here.

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Following up on preliminary information shared last month, NAFEM has confirmed that California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has temporarily placed on hold standards to reduce NOx emissions from charbroilers and other appliances while it sunsets the RECLAIM (Regional Clean Air Incentives Market) program.

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Mexico’s Senate approved the United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA) June 19, the first of three countries to do so. Jeśus Seade, Mexico’s undersecretary for foreign affairs, announced the news on Twitter, posting “Mexico goes first with clear signal that our economy is open. We’re confident our partners will soon do the same.”

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The Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy has added four, new regulatory reform roundtables to hear directly from small businesses about regulations that are overly burdensome and learn about other concerns.

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President Trump “indefinitely suspended” previously announced plans to implement tariffs on all imports from Mexico. In turn, Mexico agreed to take further measures to reduce migration from Central American asylum seekers – largely from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras – who travel through Mexico on their way to the U.S.

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Colorado Governor Polis has signed into law HB 19-1231 requiring that all commercial dishwashers, fryers, hot food-holding cabinets and steam cookers, along with a variety of other devises used in the state, meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® and WaterSense requirements after Jan. 1, 2021.

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Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), whose first job was as a dishwasher at a Walgreens grill and is the sole manufacturer in the U.S. Senate, met with NAFEM members at Lakeside Manufacturing, Inc. in Milwaukee, Wis., May 31.

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NAFEM provided testimony and submitted comments to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) June 24 about the potential impact on the industry of proposed tariffs of up to 25 percent on an additional approximately $300 billion in Chinese imports. Once the USTR finalizes this list – List 4 – tariffs of 10- to 25-percent are expected to impact nearly all Chinese imports.

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