The National Association of Manufacturers has compiled its “Key Vote” summary for the 111th Congress, determining how each member of Congress voted in 2009 and 2010 on issues identified as priorities for manufacturing.
Voting records for all members of Congress are available at www.nam.org/votingrecord along with further details about the individual bills that were rated. Congratulations to all those who have been chosen for the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence, awarded to those who support the manufacturing position at least 70 percent of the time.
The National Journal report highlights the partisan breakdown in the voting summary, and fair enough: More Republicans do vote for NAM-supported positions than do Democrats. And the publication’s short description of the issues is OK.
Their key positions in the 111th Congress were against health care and climate change legislation, and against raising taxes on multinationals’ overseas profits. NAM was in favor of the economic stimulus package, however, as well as a number of measures on the House Democrats’ “Make It in America” agenda. The group did not take a position on legislation to stem Chinese currency manipulation.
But just to make it clear: Party affiliation does not enter into the votes selected as “Key Votes.” The votes to be ranked are determined BEFORE the votes are taken. The selections are made by the NAM’s Key Vote Advisory Committee, which has a membership composed of six representatives from small- and medium-sized manufacturing companies, six from large companies, and one representing state manufacturing associations.
The NAM is nonpartisan, does not have a political action committee and does not endorse candidates.
P.S. First member of Congress to tweet his award? Rep. Connie Mack (R-FL). Thanks, Congressman!