#323. The Alliance for American Manufacturing

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The Alliance for American Manufacturing

The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) is a non-partisan, non-profit partnership forged to strengthen manufacturing in the United States. Their mission is to promote creative policy solutions on such priorities as international trade, energy security, health care, retirement security, currency manipulation and other issues of mutual concern. The AAM posts a number of publications, along with a daily blog.

The Alliance recently put together a list of key policy proposals to revitalize U.S. manufacturing. As you know, we at Agracel are big proponents of American manufacturing. We remain optimistic that the American manufacturing industry will continue to rebound. Below are some of AAM’s key policy proposals:
Invest in America’s Infrastructure
·         Create a National Infrastructure Bank to finance high-value, long-term infrastructure projects, such as roads, bridges, high-speed rail, and other needs
·         Enact a robust, multi-year surface transportation infrastructure program of at least $500 billion financed exclusively by fuel taxes
Enhance Our Workforce
·         Refocus on technical and vocational education, providing a seamless program that bridges high school and post-secondary education to produce the next generation of highly skilled manufacturing workers
·         Reward companies that are investing in effective skills and training programs for their workers
Make Trade Work for America
·         Keep America’s trade laws strong and strictly enforced to provide a level playing field for our workers and businesses
·         Penalize and deter mercantilist nations such as China that manipulate their exchange rates and implement non-tariff barriers to gain an unfair trade advantage
·         As the Administration works to double exports, expand the goal to include balancing our trade account so that gains in exports are not overwhelmed by increased imports
Rebuild America’s Innovation Base
·         Make permanent the research and development tax credit and enhance it to incentivize commercialization and production in America
·         Focus federal investments in new technology and workforce training on promoting regional clusters of innovation, learning and production

For the complete Plan, or to sign up for AAM’s blog and other publications, visit www.americanmanufacturing.org.