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Advocacy News

TMTA Backs the Following Legislation:

H.R. 820 - To amend title VII of the Tariff Act of 1930 to clarify that countervailing duties may be imposed to address subsidies relating to a fundamentally undervalued currency of any foreign country. Sponsored by Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI-9).

S. 433 - A bill to establish a benefit calculation methodology with respect to currency undervaluation for purposes of countervailing duty investigations and reviews, and for other purposes. Sponsored by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL).

Sign this Trade Balance Petition Sponsored by the Coalition for a Prosperous America!

For 40 years, perennial trade deficits have resulted in debilitating and potentially permanent job losses, stagnant incomes, industry losses and massive foreign debt. Stunningly, U.S. law has never prioritized balanced trade as a national objective.

Perpetual trade deficits and unlimited foreign debt are unsustainable for any nation. While there is still time to avoid a catastrophic economic correction, Congress should direct the President to pursue Balanced Trade now as the principal federal trade policy objective to ensure that trade agreements and other trade initiatives reduce and do not exacerbate our economic difficulties.

From Peter Morici:
Congress Shouldn't Trust Obama to Negotiate Trade Deals
Free trade is undermining American prosperity, and Congress should deny President Obama authority to negotiate new deals in Asia and with the European Union. Full article

From The Seattle Times:
Guest: The Trans-Pacific Partnership, written in secrecy, could cost U.S. jobs
A new trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, has been negotiated in secrecy with the involvement of hundreds of corporate lobbyists while Congress and the public are unable to get or discuss copies of the deal, writes guest columnist Stan Sorscher. Full article

From the Ways and Means Committee Democrats, Sander Levin, Ranking Member:
Bipartisan Group Introduces Legislation to Crack Down on Currency Manipulation
Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) joined Reps. Tim Murphy (R-PA), Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Mo Brooks (R-AL) today in introducing legislation to hold currency manipulators accountable. Full article

From IndustryWeek:
US Takes Chinese Export Subsidies Complaint to the WTO
The complaint encompasses Chinese support for seven industries: textiles, advanced materials and metals, light industry, specialty chemicals, medical products, hardware and building materials, and agriculture. Full article

From the Ways and Means Committee Democrats, Sander Levin, Ranking Member:
The Hill: Levin, Brooks, Brown, Sessions -- Making trade fair
What if the U.S. could create up to 5 million jobs, increase our nation's gross domestic product by up to $720 billion and provide a shot in the arm to American manufacturing - all at no cost to taxpayers? It's a plan that would unite Democrats and Republicans and garner support in the House and Senate. Full article

From Manufacturing & Technology News:
President Obama, Wall Street Financiers, Corporate CEOs And Members Of Congress Meet Together To Plan Strategy To Sell And Pass Free-Trade Agreements
The country's top executives from Wall Street and corporate America are working directly with President Obama and members of his cabinet and appointees on passing a free-trade agenda that is unpopular among the president's natural constituents of democrats, labor unions, environmental and consumer groups and the American public as a whole. Full article

From U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission:
2014 Annual Report to Congress
Manufacturing & Technology News says every American should read this report to Congress and they will have a different perspective of the U.S.-China relationship and the federal government's unwillingness to defend the interests of American companies and their workers. Full article

In The News

From EHS Today News:
Ergonomics: Starting a Program
An effective ergonomics program can prevent a lot of those small and large workplace injuries that can be so painful (and debilitating) for employees and expensive for employers. Full article

From Manufacturing & Technology News:
A.T. Kearney: Economic Data Does Not Support The Manufacturing Reshoring Story; Offshore Outsourcing Is Still Outpacing Reshoring
An A.T. Kearney analysis of the manufacturing reshoring trend, which finds that it's "not what it's cracked up to be," is flawed, argues the Reshoring Initiative, the association created to monitor and encourage the return of manufacturing to America. Full article

From the State of Michigan:
Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF)
While Michigan's economy continues to gain momentum, there is still a challenge for companies to find talent with the skills they need. To address this issue, the Governor recommended and the Legislature supported the creation of the Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF). More Information

Membership Benefits News
MyBlue-Individual health plans from Blue Cross -- Click here to get in contact with your association

For Information on BCBSM health plans, contact
TMTA's endorsed agent, Bill Percha, at 586-904-9700.

                    Harleysville CustomPak
         an Insurance Package Designed Exclusively for TMTA Members

Harleysville CustomPak bundles together all the right coverages for the specific risks your business faces every day as a manufacturer. You can also add an array of a la carte options to meet your company's specific needs.

In the event of a loss, the right insurance coverage can make the difference between re-establishing your business and closing your doors forever! Make sure you have the right insurance coverage.

Find out how Harleysville & TMTA can protect your company and save you money, contact TMTA's endorsed property and liability insurance agent,
Jay Poplawski of the Ralph C. Wilson Agency, at 1-800-638-1174.


TMTA encourages you to patronize the companies on our Made In America who manufacture items in the USA. Click on the flag below.

Buying America Back
A Real-Deal Blueprint for Restoring American Prosperity
by: Alan Uke

Buying America Back outlines a plan to turn back the tide with a grass-roots movement to promote American industry by helping American consumers have a better understanding of where their goods (and services) come from.

Accurate disclosure would enable consumers to reward local producers or those with high local-product content. Uke points out that this approach is increasingly popular with food, and prevalent in many other countries.
Determined consumer leadership on this issue, he maintains, could goad Congress into action and prompt corporations to revive domestic production.

"As more products are produced globally, it's not as simple as buying American anymore. Alan clearly walks you through the relationship between where a product is made and how important a fair trade ratio is to the United States. By educating consumers on this, Alan proposes using consumer choice and economic freedom to succeed where the big government programs have failed--moving the economy and producing jobs."--U.S. Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-CA)

Every once in a while, you'll stumble upon a book that significantly changes the way you see the world. This is one of those books...what was most striking about this work is its potential - with no trade restrictions, subsidies, or costly regulations (and almost no cost to businesses or taxpayers!) - to drastically improve the state of the U.S. economy on the scale of tens or hundreds of billion dollars and hundreds of thousands of new jobs annually.

Find this book at Amazon.