The Mountain Press: Editorial: The right stuff: Sen. Alexander deserving of honor from manufacturers group

Posted on October 15, 2012

Tennessee should be proud of its senior United States senator. He has  represented his state and his nation well. Lamar Alexander has devoted his adult  life to public service, from the U.S. Senate to the governor’s mansion to the  presidency of the University of Tennessee, and he has done so with honor and  integrity.

Over his long and distinguished career he has earned honors and awards from a  variety of organizations. The latest group to recognize his conservative  principles is the National Association of Manufacturers, which has given the  Tennessee Republican its NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence. The  award recognizes members of Congress who consistently voted with and supported  the manufacturing community during the 112th Congress, according to the  association.

“The first question I ask when I look at any legislation is if it will make  it easier and cheaper to create private-sector jobs, because that needs to be  our No. 1 priority in Washington,” Alexander said. “Tennessee’s auto industry is  strong because we made it possible for manufacturers to make in the United  States what they sell in the United States. While the president’s policies are  making that more difficult around the nation, many of us in Congress are working  to reverse that trend.”

NAM recognizes lawmakers who would “make the United States the best place in  the world to manufacture and attract foreign investment, expand access to global  markets, develop 21st-century workforce and promote innovation, investment and  productivity.” Alexander in particular was honored for what NAM called his “pro-growth, pro-jobs” record in the 112th Congress, including his efforts to  agree upon a responsible budget and his vote to keep taxes low for small  manufacturers and family-owned businesses. Alexander also opposed labor and  environmental regulations that would make it harder to create jobs both in  Tennessee and the United States.

Congratulations, Sen. Alexander, for representing your state and nation with  the right positions on so many issues.

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