Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) has been named a ‘Champion of Manufacturing’ for his pro job-creating policies to rebuild the American manufacturing industry and for his work on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) awarded Lance the Manufacturing Legislative Excellence Award in a special ceremony in New Providence, New Jersey at C. R. Bard, Inc. – a multinational developer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative, life-enhancing medical technologies. NAM selected Lance for the honor based on his votes in Congress and support for the estimated 18.6 million manufacturing jobs in the U.S and Bard welcomed Lance to their facility for the presentation and overview of their new projects.
“By enacting pro-growth policies we will empower an American manufacturing renaissance that will create well-paying new jobs, higher wages for existing jobs and reaffirm the presence of American goods and services in the global market,” said Lance who has visited many New Jersey manufacturers, like Bard, to hear first-hand what tools they need from Washington to grow and hire. “Lowering tax rates to compete globally, easing the burdens of regulations, leveraging American-made energy and providing economic incentives to start new projects all will facilitate the type of manufacturing backbone our economy needs. Companies like Bard need to innovate and grow. Part of my work in Congress is to ensure they have the tools to do so.”
“Congressman Lance is a champion of the medical technology industry,” said Timothy M. Ring, Bard’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “From lower taxes to streamlined regulations, New Jersey appreciates Congressman Lance’s work to advance policies that create jobs and promote innovation here in our state and around the country.”
“Manufacturing in New Jersey and across the country is making a comeback,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons.“Manufacturers are growing the economy and creating high-paying jobs in a sector that adds $1.32 to the economy for every $1 spent. Representative Lance understands that leaders in Washington must advance policies that will continue to fuel this economic growth and has consistently supported manufacturers through his votes in Congress.”
The Seventh Congressional District includes nearly 600 manufacturing facilities that employ 40,000 employees. According to NAM, policies on taxes, energy and trade make it 20 percent more expensive to do business in the United States which has a tremendous adverse effect on starting new companies and expanding existing ones. NAM specifically cited Lance for voting to lower the corporate tax rate as the U.S. has the highest corporate tax rate among major industrial nations.
“The 21st century can be another century driven by American manufacturing if we work now to put smart policies in place,” concluded Lance.