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Meat Industry Fights New Dietary Proposal

March 11, 2015 8:35 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The meat industry is seeing red. Meat companies have tried to rehabilitate an image tarnished in recent years by health and environmental concerns. Now the industry is swiftly and aggressively working to discredit a proposal...       

Chemical Regulations Act Gets A Major Reboot—But Not Everyone Is Applauding

March 11, 2015 8:28 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

On Tuesday, a pair of Senators introduced a major reform bill that would overhaul the 39-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act. The bill  —called the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act for the 21st Century — was introduced...   

Kochs Say No To Dems' Probe Into Climate Research Funding

March 11, 2015 8:17 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The industrial conglomerate run by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch is refusing to provide Democratic lawmakers with information on whether it has paid for climate change research. Last month, three Democratic senators sent 100 letters to...

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Senator Faces Scrutiny Over Sweeping Chemical Bill

March 11, 2015 4:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and a Senate colleague have introduced a bill that would overhaul 40-year-old federal regulations that govern the nation's chemical industry. The bill submitted Tuesday and co-sponsored by Udall, a New Mexico Democrat, and Sen. David Vitter,...

Obama To Announce Effort To Boost High-Tech Training, Hiring

March 9, 2015 9:55 am | by Jim Kuknhenn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is focusing on high-tech jobs in his bid to make progress on stagnant wages in this country. Obama has obtained commitments from more than 300 employers as well as local governments in 20 regions of the country to train and hire high technology workers...

Obama's Pro-Trade Allies Fight Claims About China's Currency

March 9, 2015 4:15 am | by Charles Babington, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Supporters of President Barack Obama's trade agenda are battling opponents' demands to bar China from keeping its currency value artificially low, a way to subsidize exports. The accusations frustrate and challenge Obama's allies on several fronts. First, they say, it's not...

Bipartisan Resolution Promotes The Internet Of Things

March 6, 2015 9:40 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Why the Senate’s support for IoT is great news for manufacturers.                              

Senate Fails To Override Obama's Keystone Veto

March 5, 2015 2:28 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate on Wednesday failed to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill to construct the Keystone XL pipeline, the first of many confrontations between the Republican-controlled Congress and the White House this year over energy policy...

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Top Senate Republican Tells States: Ignore EPA Carbon Rules

March 5, 2015 1:40 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate's top Republican is telling states to ignore a central part of President Barack Obama's plans to curb the pollution blamed for global warming. In an op-ed published Tuesday in the Lexington Herald-Leader, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says states should reject...

Unions Lobby Against Giving Obama Trade Authority

March 5, 2015 10:11 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

More than 400 union workers planned to lobby lawmakers Wednesday against giving the Obama administration heightened power to negotiate trade agreements. Amid ongoing talks over trade pacts with Pacific Rim nations and Europe, the White House sought Trade Promotion...

Senate Votes To Scrap Union Election Rule

March 4, 2015 3:17 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Senate voted Wednesday to reject a federal rule aimed at shortening the window between a union election petition and the start of voting by workers. The National Labor Relations Board adopted the revised policy late last year after a federal court ruling struck...

EU Nations Get Power To Ban Genetically Modified Crops

March 3, 2015 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union is giving member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops even if they have been approved by the bloc's food safety authority. The 28 EU member states on Monday approved the rule that national governments can have the final say in the matter — a move that goes counter to many...

NY Farmers Lobby Congress For Immigration Reform, Food Rules

February 28, 2015 7:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Farmers in New York state are asking Congress to push for immigration reform and changes to new federal food safety rules. The New York Farm Bureau released its 2015 priorities during a recent trip to Washington to meet with the state's congressional...

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By The Numbers: Manufacturing Group Says EPA Ozone Proposal Still Too Costly

February 27, 2015 2:28 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers lowered its projected price tag for a new limit on ground-level ozone, but said it would remain the costliest regulation in U.S. history. NAM’s updated study said reducing the federal threshold for ozone...

February’s News Roundup

February 27, 2015 9:56 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

A countdown of this month’s must-know manufacturing stories.                                 

Obama Steps Up Pitch For Trade, Exports

February 26, 2015 7:14 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Relying on Republicans and going against the grain of his own party for his legislative successes has not been much of a go-to play in President Barack Obama's game plan. Then there's international trade. On Thursday, Obama stepped up his campaign for expanding exports and...

FCC Backs Net Neutrality

February 26, 2015 3:33 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to protect so-called "net neutrality" by establishing uniform standards for those using the Internet. The commissioners split 3-2 along party lines on the proposal, which reclassified high-speed Internet as a telecommunications service...

Wisconsin Moves Closer To 'Right-To-Work' Status

February 26, 2015 3:15 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Wisconsin state Senate passed "right-to-work" legislation late Wednesday, which moves the state one step closer to prohibiting membership in a union as a condition of employment. The bill passed by a 17-15 margin with just one Republican breaking ranks to vote against...

#ThanksMichelleObama: How U.S. School Meals Compare To Those Around The World

February 26, 2015 10:06 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Students unhappy with school meals have been taking it out on first lady Michelle Obama by sharing images on social media of lunches sarcastically tagged #ThanksMichelleObama. The first lady has become a symbol of healthier school meals as she has pushed standards implemented in 2012 that require more...

CA's Plastic Bag Ban Suspended By Ballot Referendum

February 24, 2015 7:13 pm | by Judy Lin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

California's first-in-the-nation statewide ban on plastic shopping bags was put on hold Tuesday when a trade group turned in enough signatures to place the issue before voters in 2016. The American Progressive Bag Alliance, which represents bag manufacturers, had about...

Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Arrives At White House, Obama To Veto

February 24, 2015 2:46 pm | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama will veto a Republican-backed bill on Tuesday that would have approved construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the White House said, putting a freeze on a top GOP priority — at least for now. The contentious legislation arrived at the White House on Tuesday morning...

MO Bill Would Stop Cities From Banning Plastic Bags

February 24, 2015 9:59 am | by Summer Ballentine, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Missouri lawmaker who also leads an association of grocery stores is trying to stop cities and towns in the state from restricting the use of plastic bags, bucking a national trend toward banning their use to help the environment. The move comes as the city of Columbia, the home of the...

Obama: DHS Shutdown Would Hurt State Economies

February 23, 2015 3:02 pm | by Jill Colvin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama says a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security would have a direct impact on state economies and the nation's security. Obama is speaking Monday to the nation's governors, who are gathered at the White House for a meeting with the president and...

WI Lawmakers To Vote On Right-To-Work Bill

February 20, 2015 2:59 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The Wisconsin Legislature is planning to vote on a bill that would make it the country's 25th "right-to-work" state. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald had previously said lawmakers would take up right-to-work -- which prohibits requiring employees to join a union -- early in the current session after...

Company Whose Train Exploded Spent Millions On Lobbying, Campaign Contributions

February 20, 2015 9:28 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

The railroad company whose train triggered a massive explosion Monday in West Virginia had spent millions lobbying against rail oversight legislation in Congress, according to a report. Numbers from the Washington, D.C. research group Center for Responsive Politics indicated Florida-based CSX Corp. had spent more than $56 million lobbying members of Congress since 1998, with its largest...

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