Tens of thousands call for a boost to American manufacturing


88,000 letters descended on Capitol Hill, all from supporters of American manufacturing asking congress to take action on several issues.

The effort is part of I Make America, a national grassroots campaign on the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. Thousands are calling for lawmakers to boost workforce development, broadband spending, and regulator reform.

Among their requests:

  • Modernizing the permitting process in order to strengthen domestic energy production
  • Getting a bi-partisan Farm Bill completed on time
  • Boost investments made by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

“Tens of thousands of manufacturing workers from across the country sent a clear message to Congress: Fueled by a legacy of grit and ingenuity, equipment manufacturers can out-compete anyone. But lawmakers must act to ensure that the 2.3 million men and women of our industry can out-innovate and out-compete the rest of the world. Improving the federal permitting process, passing a farm bill, and continuing to invest in infrastructure will allow equipment manufacturers to do what they do best: build equipment in America,” AEM senior vice president of government and industry relations, Kip Eideberg said.

Just recently, over 100,000 people attended the CONEXPO-CON/AGG show in Las Vegas to raise awareness for policies aimed at strengthening the manufacturing industry.


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