Senate Holds Inaugural Manufacturing Caucus
August 5, 2005
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Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) co-chaired the U.S. Senate Manufacturing Caucus on July 27. Clinton stated that the Caucus will be holding a series of field hearings in the coming months in an effort to reach out to the manufacturing community to see first hand problems facing U.S. manufacturers and also the possible solutions.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) attended the event to learn more about the caucus' long-term agenda and to demonstrate to Congress how important it is that they pay particular attention to the concerns of the U.S. manufacturing sector.
“If the nature of the hearing was any indication of the future action of the caucus, then NMMA members have seen the dawning of a new day within the Senate; a day where manufacturing concerns are heard and addressed,” said Monita Fontaine, NMMA Vice President, Government Relations.
Fontaine said caucus members indicated a need to seriously address the rampant problem of unfair trade practices on the part of U.S. trading partners - specifically, to eliminate the international scourge of theft of intellectual property, particularly the problem of counterfeiting. “I am very hopeful that Caucus members will continue to listen intently to our concerns and work with us to make real and positive differences in policy debates in Washington,” Fontaine said.