AAM Presents Poll to CTC Activists

Posted by admin on 08/10/2010

A guest post by AAM intern Whitney Stack:

Seventy-eight activists associated with the  (CTC), a non-profit group devoted to fair trade issues, participated in a conference call with Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) Executive Director Scott Paul as he presented the findings of a recent poll that has prompted Democrats in Congress ctc4 Seventy-eight activists associated with the  (CTC), a non-profit group devoted to fair trade issues, participated in a conference call with Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) Executive Director Scott Paul as he presented the findings of a recent poll that has prompted Democrats in Congress to launch a “Make it in America” program and President Obama to resume emphasis on Made in America issues. The CTC activists heard Mr. Paul describe the results of the poll conducted last spring by Mark Mellman and Whit Ayres, a bi-partisan team. They surveyed 1,000 likely voters from across the country, including Tea Party members and independents, and found strong support for policies that would revitalize manufacturing in America. Mr. Paul gave the activists the same report that AAM has provided to key House and Senate committees and legislative leaders. Just last Wednesday, Mark Mellman and AAM Deputy Director Scott Boos held a Manufacturing Task Force Senate briefing where Mr. Mellman presented the poll and Mr. Boos described why the results are so relevant to public leaders. The poll found that voters from all regions, age groups, and political parties believe that manufacturing is central to the United States’ economic strength, and those voters want Washington to focus on pro-manufacturing solutions. A majority believe the United States no longer is the world’s strongest economy and that China has taken that title. They also, believe that with the right policies, such as strong trade enforcement, a buy American program for government purchases and a national manufacturing strategy, the United States could retake its position as the number one economy. Mr. Paul noted that since AAM first released the strong poll results, Congress has paid attention and taken public action, such as increased attention to Rep. Dan Lipinski’s National Manufacturing Strategy and Rep. Chris Murphy’s speech to chambers. Furthermore, President Obama has said “made in America” in his speeches five times in the past eight days – double the number of times he said it since being sworn in. Just yesterday afternoon during his speech in Austin, Texas, President Obama asserted, “We need an economy that puts Americans back to work, an economy that’s built around three simple words -- Made in America.” Several of the activists on the call quizzed Mr. Paul about what they could do to engage family members and politicians on the issue of support for manufacturing. Mr. Paul said to emphasize those issues about which the poll showed Americans felt strongly: that America is falling behind China in manufacturing, that the United States needs to be number one again, and that the country can do that if Congress supports pro-manufacturing policies such as Buy American, investing in infrastructure and supporting fair trade.

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phyllis wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

about time, if that were our

about time, if that were our country's policy to begin with maybe I'd still have a job!!!!!!!!!!

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