AAM talks manufacturing policy in Birmingham

Posted by mmcmullan on 08/09/2013

Operation Alabama is a wrap! The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) hosted three town hall meetings over two days across the heart of Dixie. We talked about tax policies that encourage domestic manufacturing, stronger trade enforcement that does the same, and above all, jobs.

We’re pretty excited about how the events shook out. Take a moment to read about our stop in Birmingham, where we were joined by Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-7), who said large international trade cases have serious local impact:

It burns her up, she said, when she sees the prices of catfish from Hale County (Alabama) farmers undercut by catfish from Vietnam.

Other countries don't have workplace laws like the U.S. They can rely on child labor and paltry wages to keep costs low, she said.

"It may cost a little more for me to pass over that Vietnamese whatever-it-is to get the catfish fresh from Hale County," she said. "But I will gladly pay that extra 50 cents."

Read the whole story on AAM's Birmingham town hall meeting here.

 

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