The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) recently honored U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R- Tenn.) with its "NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence." The award recognizes members of Congress who consistently voted with and supported the manufacturing community during the 112th Congress, according to the association.
"The first question I ask when I look at any legislation is if it will make it easier and cheaper to create private-sector jobs, because that needs to be our No. 1 priority in Washington," Alexander said. "Tennessee's auto industry is strong because we made it possible for manufacturers to make in the United States what they sell in the United States. While the president's policies are making that more difficult around the nation, many of us in Congress are working to reverse that trend."
The association thanked Alexander and other award recipients for supporting policies that would "make the United States the best place in the world to manufacture and attract foreign investment, expand access to global markets, develop 21st-century workforce and promote innovation, investment and productivity." NAM recognized Alexander for his "pro-growth, pro-jobs" record in the 112th Congress, including his efforts to agree upon a responsible budget and his vote to keep taxes low for small manufacturers and family-owned businesses. Alexander also opposed labor and environmental regulations that would make it harder to create jobs both in Tennessee and the United States.