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Taking the Message to Washington
   Clifford Smith  |  May 15, 2012

On May 3rd, the Texas delegation, along with metalcasters from across the United States, converged on Capitol Hill to deliver our message on key issues affecting our industry.
Steve Reynolds, Chris Norch, Annette Johnson, Jerald and Carol Mittasch, Lance Kattner, Debbie Dempsey-Thornton, and Clifford Smith (all from TCMA member companies) attended the Government Affairs Conference. After AFS presentations on the issues, the delegates were prepared to engage in discussions with our elected representatives to support policies that strengthen metalcasting competiveness.

 Delegates urged Congress to address the following key policy areas:

• Creation of a national tax climate that encourages investment and provides certainty;

• Comprehensive energy strategy that protects the environment while encouraging investment and innovation in both products and manufacturing practices;

• Ensure that sensible environmental and workplace rules are based on sound science and quality data and with benefits that out- weighs costs;

• Examine sweeping new rules from EPA, including the recently unveiled “Greenhouse Gas Emissions Limits for New Power Plants,” which amounts to a ban on new construction of conventional coal-fired power plants and several types of gas-fired power plants;

• Maximize U.S. energy resources to ensure affordable energy supplies, including building the entire Keystone XL pipeline;

• Rein in new health care regulations that add new employer mandates and costs;

• Modernize and invest in infrastructure (including transportation and water) by passing a long-term highway bill and leveraging private capital for infrastructure investment;

• Eliminate federal mandates and labor regulations that undermine employer flexibility or increases costs which discourage hiring new workers;

• International trade policies that reduce barriers to market prices of raw materials.