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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 NBC News:
107,000 Saudi women apply for 140 jobs at passport office
The General Directorate of Passports announced via Twitter on Jan. 18 that it was looking for female applicants for roles at airports and the country's land borders.  Full article 
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 the New York Times:
Dangerously Low on Water, Cape Town Now Faces ‘Day Zero’
A roadside car-wash operator in Delft, a township on the outskirts of Cape Town, was fined the equivalent of about $250 for illegal water use. It sounds like a Hollywood blockbuster. "Day Zero” is coming to Cape Town this April. Everyone, be warned. The government cautions that the Day Zero threat will surpass anything a major city has faced since World War II or the Sept. 11 attacks. Talks are underway with South Africa’s police because "normal policing will be entirely inadequate.” Residents, their nerves increasingly fra
yed, speak in whispers of impending chaos.  Full article
From Bloomberg BusinessWeek:
Why iPhones Are Being Recycled and Bottles Aren’t
Recycling, we hardly recognize you. Nearly a half-century after the first Earth Day, big companies are now among the biggest boosters of recycling in hopes of pleasing socially responsible investors and planet-conscious consumers. At the same time, a decision by the Chinese government is now sending some consumers’ carefully sorted bottles and boxes right into landfills, subverting the most traditional idea of recycling.  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 the Sierra Club:
Ford Doesn't Want You to Watch This 
Stop trying to roll back the the clean car standards you agreed to. They were a huge step toward reducing climate pollution, and they helped Americans save money at the gas pump. Keep your commitment to the American people and the planet! Behind closed doors, Ford is lobbying the Trump administration to roll back clean car standards, even as they advertise how much they care about sustainability. They're not telling you the whole truth.  Full article

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.

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 .