Congressman Chris Lee (NY-26) was honored today with the National Association of Manufacturers' (NAM) "Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence." Lee was recognized for his commitment to strengthening Western New York's manufacturing sector and creating good-paying American jobs during a visit to Arch Chemicals in Rochester.
"Coming from a manufacturing background myself I understand what Washington must do to allow American manufacturers to compete with our foreign competitors in a global economy" said Congressman Lee. "Over the last two years I've met with hundreds of manufacturers across Western New York that are working hard to create value and jobs in our communities. NAM is a leader in the effort to support manufacturers and I appreciate their recognition of my efforts to strengthen Western New York's manufacturers and create jobs here at home."
Earlier this year, utilizing both his personal background in manufacturing as well as countless meetings with Western New York manufacturers, Lee unveiled "Manufacturing for Tomorrow," a five-point jobs plan to strengthen Western New York's manufacturing industry and create good paying jobs here at home (detailed information on Lee's plan is posted below).
"Congressman Lee understands the significant challenges facing manufacturers and has acted to maintain and create manufacturing jobs in New York and nationwide," said NAM President and CEO John Engler from Washington. "America's innovation and prosperity spring from manufacturing. It is critical to have lawmakers like Congressman Lee who are promoting a pro-manufacturing agenda for economic growth and job creation"
NAM is the preeminent association for American manufacturers as well as the nation's largest industrial trade association, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. NAM consists of 11,000 manufacturing companies, including Arch Chemicals.
Specific policy reforms in Lee's "Manufacturing for Tomorrow" 5-point jobs plan include:
Tax relief and fairness for U.S. workers and manufacturers
* Lowering the corporate rate to 25% will increase productivity domestically and stimulate significant economic growth.
* Increase and make permanent the research and development tax credit, with a bonus credit for work done in the United States.
Education and workforce training and preparedness for the 21st century
* Create the U.S. STEM Manufacturing Student Loan Forgiveness Program to encourage students to enter science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields
* Extend Employer-Provided Educational Assistance (Section 127) to help U.S. works stay on the cutting edge of innovation in manufacturing
Tort reform to address job-killing lawsuit abuse
* Make "loser-pays" the policy in product liability suits to protect injured victims and ensure our tort system seeks justice, not profits
* Cap punitive damages and institute reasonable statutes of limitation to curb lawsuit abuse
Customs reform to stop intellectual property violations
* Enhance enforcement capabilities of Customs and Border Patrol to stop the flow of pirated goods into the United States
* Streamline U.S. International Trade Commission complains to adjudicate intellectual property infringements in a more timely manner
Open new markets to create U.S. jobs and grow our domestic manufacturing base
* Support pending, Obama-backed trade agreements to create American jobs and open new markets for American products
* Strengthen Manufacturing Extension Partnership programs to help small manufacturers grow and compete globally
For more information on Congressman Chris Lee's "Manufacturing for Tomorrow" agenda, please visit www.chrislee.house.gov/manufacturing.