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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 investigations and reviews, and for other purposes. Sponsored by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL).

US-China Economic & Security Review Commission:  2015 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 ABC News:
US trade deficit hits $50.5 billion, biggest since 2012
The U.S. trade deficit rose to $50.5 billion in November, the largest imbalance in nearly six years, as imports and exports both hit records.  (Full article)

From Today News Online:
Domino's teams up with Ford to test self-driving pizza delivery cars
Domino’s has teamed up with Ford to create a self-driving pizza delivery car that will be tested in Michigan to help the company better understand how consumers respond to and interact with automated technologies. It’s a concept that the company hopes will resonate with consumers.  
Full Article  

 From the Washington Times:
Fixing the trade deficit
The trade gap slows growth and threatens national security
By: Peter Morici is an economist and business professor at the University of Maryland, and a national columnist.  
President Trump is falling woefully short on his promise to fix the trade deficit. It’s on track to hit $570 billion this year — up from $505 billion in 2016.
Apologists argue the trade gap permits Americans to purchase less expensive consumer goods, while critics blame it for job losses. Three things are certain — it must be financed, slows growth and threatens national security.  Full article  
From the Washington Post:
How did North Korea get its hands on a New Zealand plane made with American parts?
One of the planes displayed during North Korea's first air show last month was made in New Zealand with American parts, underscoring the difficulties of implementing sanctions when North Korea's long border with China remains so porous.  Full article  

From IndustryWeek:
Emerging Technologies Shaping the Future of Logistics
The future of logistics is paved with innovation and technology.Let's take a look at some of the emerging trends that will affect the future of logistics.  Full article  

From Manufacturing & Technology News:
Chinese Manufacturers Have Quickly Become The World's Largest Market For Industrial Robots 
China is set to become the largest global producer of industrial robots. Annual sales of Chinese-made industrial robots to Chinese manufacturing companies are projected to reach 100,000 units by 2020, up from zero Chinese-made robots in 2012, and 20,400 in 2015, according to Wang Ruixiang, president of the China Machinery Industry Federation.  Full article  

From Manufacturing & Technology News:
By The Numbers: The U.S. Has 12 Million Manufacturing Workers; China Has Ten Times That Number -- 114 Million 
The number of manufacturing workers in China continued on a massive, historic, upward trajectory through 2013, the latest year for which data is available. While the number of manufacturing workers in the United States fell by 2,952,000 from 2002 through 2013, the number of manufacturing workers in China surged by an incredible 27,696,736, according to data compiled from China by The Conference Board.  Full article  

Membership Benefits News
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TMTA's endorsed agent, Bill Percha, at 586-904-9700.

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.

TMTA encourages you to patronize the companies on our Made In Americawho 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.