Rep. Blum Leads Effort To Promote American Manufacturing

Legislation Will Help U.S. Manufacturing Companies Remain Competitive

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Washington, DC, April 15, 2016 | comments

This week, Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) joined 18 of his colleagues to introduce bipartisan legislation creating an open and transparent process for the House of Representatives to consider reducing burdensome manufacturing tariffs through Miscellaneous Tariff Bills (MTBs), while at the same time maintaining the common sense House ban on earmarks. Without MTBs, manufacturers would continue to pay higher tariffs on essential inputs that have no domestic source, undermining their competitiveness with foreign manufacturers and hurting their ability to make capital investments and create manufacturing jobs here in Iowa and across America.

“This bipartisan, common sense legislation is a concrete example of what Congress can do to make American manufacturing more competitive,” said Congressman Blum. “I am especially encouraged by the bipartisan support for this new MTB process -- helping our manufacturers create good paying jobs for American workers instead of moving overseas shouldn’t be a partisan issue. I look forward to seeing this bill move through Congress and will continue to be a voice for workers and manufacturers in Iowa and across the country so we can reignite our economy.”

House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady added: “This bipartisan bill will empower American manufacturers to compete around the world, create new jobs at home, and grow our economy. We’ve also made sure that the new process strictly upholds our earmark ban and that the American people are involved in every step along the way. I appreciate my colleagues’ support and leadership during this process and look forward to moving this bill through our committee very soon.”

Rod Blum is the Republican Congressman in Iowa’s 1st District. He is a member of the Budget and Oversight & Government Reform Committees.

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