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Senate Passing Miscellaneous Tariff Bill a Significant Step Forward

Timmons Urges House to Take Up Senate-Passed Bill to Support Manufacturing

Washington, D.C. – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement on the unanimous passage of H.R. 4318, the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) Act of 2018, by the U.S. Senate:

This is a significant step forward for manufacturers, who, along with other businesses, are losing nearly $1 million every day until this bill becomes law, said Timmons. Right now, manufacturers are hit with costly, senseless taxes any time they buy products or supplies that aren’t available in the United States. It makes no sense because it is a direct and punishing tax on making things in America and for creating jobs in America. This bill ends that unfairness and helps manufacturers in the United States better compete for business with companies in China, Europe and elsewhere. Manufacturers need Congress to get this done—to level the playing field and secure the jobs of American manufacturing workers. We urge the House to act quickly, pass the Senate version of the bill and get it to President Trump’s desk for his signature.

In November, the NAM welcomed the bipartisan, bicameral introduction of the MTB legislation, and in January, the NAM praised House passage of an earlier version of the bill as a “big deal for manufacturers.” In March, the NAM released a blog on the benefits of the MTB for manufacturers and led a letter of 216 business organizations urging Congress to boost manufacturing by passing the MTB. Click here for testimonials from manufacturers in America on the importance of passing the MTB.


The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.25 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit

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