Administration Continues to Delay Trade Action, Threatening Factory Job Growth

Alliance for American Manufacturing

Alliance for American Manufacturing

The manufacturing sector gained 16,000 jobs in July, according to the latest employment data from the Labor Department. Durable goods accounted for 13,000 manufacturing jobs amid hopes for action on the 232 steel and aluminum trade investigations.

Meanwhile, the goods deficit with China expanded to $31.3 billion, according to the Commerce Department

Said Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) President Scott Paul: 

"Don't let the president's tweets fool you. Every chance the administration has had to make meaningful change on trade policy, they've kicked the can down the road.

"Just over one year ago, President-elect Trump promised to get tough on China's trade cheating by stopping Beijing's intellectual property theft, massive overcapacity, and currency manipulation. Now as president, Trump is currently zero for three on these issues. 

"The administration has delayed a Section 301 investigation into China's intellectual property theft and has pushed off the investigation into China's steel and aluminum overcapacity. Meanwhile, steel imports have risen 18 percent since April and any hope of finally labeling China a currency manipulator has fizzled.

"It is time for the administration to move from tweets to action. Job growth won't be sustainable without smart policy that cracks down on China's trade cheating, invests in infrastructure, and ensures a tax policy that boosts exports."


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Reposted from AAM

Posted In: Allied Approaches, From Alliance for American Manufacturing

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From tumbledown bridges to decrepit roads and failing water systems, crumbling infrastructure undermines America’s safety and prosperity. In coming weeks, Union Matters will delve into this neglect and the urgent need for a rebuilding campaign that creates jobs, fuels economic growth and revitalizes communities. 

A rash of water main breaks in West Berkeley, Calif., and neighboring cities last month flooded streets and left at least 300 residents without water. Routine pressure adjustments in response to water demand likely caused more than a dozen pipes, some made of clay and more than 100 years old, to rupture.

West Berkeley’s brittle mains are not unique. Decades of neglect left aging pipes susceptible to breaks in communities across the U.S., wasting two trillion gallons of treated water each year as these systems near collapse.

Comprehensive upgrades to the nation’s crumbling water systems would stanch the flow and ensure all Americans have reliable access to clean water.

Nationwide, water main breaks increased 27 percent between 2012 and 2018, according to a Utah State University study.  

These breaks not only lead to service disruptions  but also flood out roads, topple trees and cause illness when drinking water becomes contaminated with bacteria.

The American Water Works Association estimated it will cost at least $1 trillion over the next 25 years to upgrade and expand water infrastructure.

Some local water utilities raised their rates to pay for system improvements, but that just hurts poor consumers who can’t pay the higher bills.

And while Congress allocates money for loans that utilities can use to fix portions of their deteriorating systems, that’s merely a drop in the bucket—a fraction of what agencies need for lasting improvements.

America can no longer afford a piecemeal approach to a systemic nationwide crisis. A major, sustained federal commitment to fixing aging pipes and treatment plants would create millions of construction-related jobs while ensuring all Americans have safe, affordable drinking water.

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