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Tariff Suspension Reform Reopens Window for Savings

Tariff Suspension Reform Reopens Window for Savings

This piece was originally published in the June 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Craig Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial Affairs, NEMA On May 20, President Obama signed into law reforms to the long-stalled process for granting temporary suspensions of customs import duties for products and inputs that are not available from domestic sources. The provisions of the American Manufacturing…

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President Obama Sends $4.1T Budget Proposal to Congress: What’s in it for Electrical and Medical Imaging Manufacturers?

President Obama Sends $4.1T Budget Proposal to Congress: What’s in it for Electrical and Medical Imaging Manufacturers?

On Tuesday, February 9, President Obama released his FY2017 budget proposal. The $4.1  trillion proposal is largely perceived as a statement of the White House’s priorities from a president in his final year in office rather than a budget that would be accepted and passed by a Republican-controlled Congress. Indeed, many Republican Members of Congress have already indicated that the…

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Making Trade Work Better

Making Trade Work Better

The U.S. Senate is expected as soon as February 10 to begin considering a negotiated compromise bill to reauthorize the trade facilitation and enforcement functions of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Among other provisions that support lawful trade, the bill authorizes completion of the “single window” trade documentation submission system and facilitates cooperation between CBP and trademark holders to…

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Contact Your Senators: Senate to Begin Debate on the Energy Policy Modernization Act

Contact Your Senators: Senate to Begin Debate on the Energy Policy Modernization Act

By Kyle Pitsor, Vice President, Government Relations, NEMA The U.S. Senate may begin debate this week on an energy bill that includes many important provisions for the electroindustry. We encourage NEMA members and others in the industry to take action and contact their Senators to urge them to support S.2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act. You can easily contact your…

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NEMA/MITA Highlights: President Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address

NEMA/MITA Highlights: President Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address

By Kyle Pitsor, Vice President of Government Relations, NEMA President Obama’s final State of the Union address set the tone for his last year in office and set forth his vision for policies in America. The full transcript of the address can be found here. NEMA’s summary of key points in the address that affect electrical equipment and medical imaging…

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NEMA, MITA Commend Congress for Passing Omnibus Package Containing Medical Imaging and Electroindustry Provisions

NEMA, MITA Commend Congress for Passing Omnibus Package Containing Medical Imaging and Electroindustry Provisions

Today, America’s electrical and medical imaging industries applaud Congress for passing a $1.1 trillion omnibus legislative package that funds the government through September 30, 2016, addresses certain tax provisions and includes NEMA-supported cybersecurity language. Passage of the package completes legislative work for this session of the 114th Congress; the second session is scheduled to start when Congress returns on January 4,…

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Let’s Get Real

Let’s Get Real

Why is Congress finding it difficult to pass legislation that helps U.S. business export to developing countries, supports U.S. jobs, and sends money to the U.S. Treasury? The subject is the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which for eight decades has helped U.S. exporters “get paid” but which may be in its last days due to a persistent echo-chamber of falsehoods and…

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Weather outside gives context to Grid Innovation briefing on Hill

Weather outside gives context to Grid Innovation briefing on Hill

As the temperature outside neared 100 degrees, the congressional staff and other guests in the Russell Senate Office Building were getting warmed up for the transformation of the nation’s electric grid (which among other things will help us manage electricity on these brutal summer days!). Attendees got to witness the “bang, bang” of G&W Electric’s automatic recloser in action; a…

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Competitiveness is the Best "Protection" for Jobs

Competitiveness is the Best "Protection" for Jobs

U.S. electroindustry companies sell billions of dollars of equipment outside the U.S. each year. These companies employ many thousands of workers here in the U.S., workers whose employment depends on the ability of their company “teams” to innovate, make sales, and satisfy their customers. With most of the world’s people (95 percent) and supporting infrastructure outside the U.S., it makes…

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Navigating To Compete

Navigating To Compete

This morning at a House of Representatives committee hearing, a major U.S. manufacturer and exporter testifed that the country's transportation and port infrastructure is inadequate to meet its needs to get its products to overseas customers. What solution is the company using to stay competitive in the global marketplace? Ship their products from Canadian ports. How is this possible (on many levels)? Let's take…

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