The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the nation's largest industrial trade association representing small and large manufacturers, has presented Congressman Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) with its "NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence" for his support of a pro-growth, pro-manufacturing policy agenda in the 112th Congress. Among other issues, Upton was recognized for his work to promote the production of North American energy; repeal the overreaching healthcare law; support free trade; provide necessary tax relief; and reduce the costly regulatory burden imposed on the nation's manufacturers.
"From auto parts to medical devices, southwest Michigan manufacturers lead in innovation and the creation of good-paying jobs," said Upton. "The continued strength of our manufacturing sector is essential to future job creation and economic growth here in Michigan. That means removing the unnecessary regulatory burdens that stand in the way of our employers as well as supporting commonsense policies that keep taxes and energy costs down."
"Manufacturers today compete in a global marketplace," said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. "It is critical that Washington creates policies to keep us competitive and maintain our mantle of economic leadership. Congressman Upton understands this and has consistently supported the pro-manufacturing agenda through his votes in Congress."
NAM bestows its award at the end of each Congress to Members of the House of Representatives and Senate whose voting records are 70 percent and above in support of NAM's positions on Key Manufacturing Votes. Upton received a score of 97 percent for his legislative record this Congress (2011-2012). A complete list of Key Votes in the 112th Congress and the voting records of Members may be found on NAM's website at www.nam.org/votingrecord.
Consisting of 11,000 manufacturing companies, the National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states.