Bipartisan, Bicameral Support Should Be Applied to Other Key Manufacturing Priorities
National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement after Senate and House passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, legislation to reform and update U.S. chemical laws:
“After years of uncertainty and nearly a decade of drawn-out work and debate in Congress, manufacturers have secured a much-needed overhaul of our nation’s chemical laws. Manufacturers have long advocated these reforms and are encouraged by the work done by leaders in both the House and Senate to finally get this accomplished.
“Chemicals are the building blocks for lifesaving products, the newest technologies and everyday products that make life better. By delivering clear, modernized rules, this reform will make it easier for manufacturers to ensure the safety of our products and deliver quality goods to our customers. The regulations on these chemicals will be clearer and more straightforward, meaning time and resources that would have been spent trying to navigate outdated, confusing rules can now be spent on driving innovation and creating jobs.
“When hundreds of manufacturers took to Capitol Hill last June, they pushed for a bipartisan, collaborative resolution to this long-awaited legislation, and now, nearly one year later, that is exactly the result. If we can have bipartisan, bicameral work on this environmental reform, Congress needs to continue to come together around other manufacturing priorities now. Manufacturers cannot wait decades for Congress to address key policies that are essential to our growth and competitiveness.”
To learn more about manufacturers’ action on Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform and how chemical regulations impact manufacturers, visit our website (http://www.nam.org/Issues/Chemical-Regulations/).
About The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information, visit www.nam.org.