Alexander Recognized for Efforts to Help Manufacturers Create Jobs

Receives NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence

Posted on October 26, 2010

WASHINGTON – The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has presented U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) with its NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence.  The award recognizes members of Congress who consistently voted with and supported the manufacturing community during the 111th Congress, according to the association. 

“In the face of an economic downturn that has hit American manufacturing jobs especially hard, the Obama Administration and its allies in Congress have been pushing an agenda that puts a big wet blanket on job creation. Instead, we need to be advocating for policies that will keep good manufacturing jobs here in the United States, not drive them overseas,” Alexander said. “Tennessee has had some success in attracting manufacturing jobs, particularly in the auto sector – such as the new Volkswagen plant under construction in Chattanooga – but I’ll keep working to help create an economic climate that will bring more of those good jobs to our state and the nation.”

NAM thanked Alexander and other award recipients for their “dedication to policies that will help manufacturers create jobs and compete in the global marketplace.” Alexander’s efforts in the Senate to encourage U.S. manufacturing have included working to reduce energy costs, keep taxes low, and oppose higher health care costs and mandates. Alexander is a cosponsor of legislation that would repeal a section of the new health care law that requires all businesses, large and small, to submit 1099 tax forms for every business transaction greater than $600 in a given year, including routine expenses like the purchase of office supplies.