Disappointment from NAM on Death Tax
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) expressed disappointment in a small number of Senators who denied the vote to end the so-called “death tax.” Ending debate and allowing a vote requires a majority of 60 Senators. Out of 100 Senators, 57 voted to end the filibuster.
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) today welcomed the House vote to streamline the United States’ refinery permitting process (H.R. 5254). Encouraged by the 238-179 passage, NAM President John Engler said the bill will help bolster U.S. economic growth by establishing more regulatory certainty in an already unbalanced energy environment. “Establishing a federal coordinator and streamlining refinery processes not only eliminates excess burdens in the refinery permitting process, but also expedites our nation’s ability to add fuel refining capacity while adhering to strict environmental standards,” Engler said. “Expanding our nation’s energy supplies and infrastructure, and weaning ourselves off foreign energy dependence is sound energy policy.” Noting that there has not been any new refinery construction in the U.S. since 1976, Engler added, “It’s time for Congress to make a serious stand against rising energy costs, and this legislation will go some way toward reversing government policies and regulations that restrict access to domestic supply, even as prices continue to skyrocket.