NAM: U.S. Senate passes budget deal

The AP (10/30) reports the Senate voted 64-35 early Friday to approve “an ambitious budget and debt measure that averts a catastrophic national default and sets spending priorities for the next two years.” In “an hour-long speech that delayed the start of the final vote,” Sen. Rand Paul said Congress is “bad with money,” and “railed against increases in defense dollars supported by Republicans and domestic programs supported by Democrats.” The Washington Post (10/30, Snell) says the two-year budget deal increases “spending limits and avert[s] a damaging default, essentially ending the budgetary battles that have defined President Obama’s relationship with Congress in recent years.” Associated Industries of Missouri is the sole official designated partner of the National Association of Manufacturers in Missouri.

Ryan sworn in as Speaker, vows to fix “broken” House

The New York Times (10/30, Steinhauer, Subscription Publication) reports that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) “was elected as the 54th speaker of the House on Thursday” after receiving 236 votes. The Times states that among those who voted for Ryan were “several of the hardline conservatives who had worked to oust” former Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), adding that the expectations they had when Boehner took the post “have been replaced with a grim recognition that Mr. Ryan’s ascent stems not from electoral victory but rather the chaos in the ranks of his party’s sizable majority.” NBC Nightly News (10/29, story 5,1:45, Holt) said that while Boehner’s exit “clears the way for a fresh start,” the “handover comes from a deep conflict” within the GOP, and the AP (10/30, Werner) says Ryan is “charged with healing Republican divides and quieting the chaos of Capitol Hill.” Bloomberg Politics (10/29, House) says Ryan was elected “with a mandate to unite his fractious caucus –

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Forum Tuesday night to feature all GOP candidates for Missouri governor; AIM is a sponsor

Associated Industries of Missouri, in association with the National Federation of Independent Business – Missouri Chapter, Missouri Farm Bureau and the Cole County Republican Central Committee, is one of the sponsors of the first forum to feature all of the candidates for the Republican nomination for Governor. The discussion will take place Tuesday night, November 3, at the Missouri Farm Bureau Building, 701 S. Country Club Dr., in Jefferson City. The forum will run from 6-8 p.m. The panel includes St. Louis businessman and former U.S. Senate candidate John Brunner;  former Missouri House speaker and U.S. Attorney Catherine Hannaway; Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder; Springfield state senator Bob Dixon; and former U.S. Navy SEAL and author Eric Greitens. Jefferson City state senator Mike Kehoe will moderate the discussion and pose questions to the candidates from the sponsors, members of Republican clubs from Cole and surrounding counties, as well as some from Kehoe himself. Members of AIM are invited to be in the

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Congressman Graves issues statement on Positive Train Control extension

This is a release from Congressman Sam Graves to his constituents issued Monday after the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation extending the deadline for railroads to install a crucial safety device on its rails. U.S. Representative Sam Graves issued the following statement after the House of Representatives (Monday) passed an extension of the Positive Train Control (PTC) deadline. The PTC extension allows railways to stay operational as they continue working to comply with Congressional mandates. ”Missouri has the third most railway miles of any state in the country,” Rep. Graves said. “Improving safety should be a priority for everyone, but these standards need to be reasonable and realistic. So many critical sectors of our economy depend on an operational railway system, from farmers and electric utilities, to small businesses and local governments. (Monday’s) vote prevents a shutdown of the U.S. rail transportation system, and it also ensures our economy will not be shut down with it.” PTC was developed by Congress

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Senate approves House bill extending highway funding and critical Positive Train Control deadline

Again, Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM) and the Missouri Transportation Development Council (MTD) call for the passage of a long term highway funding bill. The passage of the Positive Train Control portion of this bill is a victory for everyone working to keep our rail system safe. From Manufacturing Economy Daily  The Business Journals (10/29) reports following passage of the bill in the House, the Senate on Wednesday approved a three-week federal highway programs extension, keeping “funds for highways and other surface transportation projects” flowing until November 20. The short-term fix gives Congress more time to negotiate a long-term highway bill, the funding of which lawmakers have been unable to agree on. NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons commented on the extension, saying, “These short-term transportation fixes are still no substitute for a well-funded, multiyear reauthorization.” Timmons added, “We can’t continue living crisis to crisis. As America’s infrastructure ages, the nation falls further behind foreign competitors, and manufacturers continue to lose

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Beyond the numbers; Rep. T.J. Berry looks at the reality behind Missouri business growth

Earlier this week, Governor Nixon made a big splash over statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau that showed that Missouri led the nation, by a long shot, in business creation in 2013. While most states lost businesses from 2012 to 2013, Missouri increased from 7,759 businesses in 2012 to 9,052 new businesses in  2013. That’s a 16.7% increase. Missouri also ranked in the top 10 for startup funding. In this article from the Missouri Times, State Representative T.J. Berry (R-Kearney), a key member of the Missouri Technology Corporation and an entrepreneur with a long history of creating successful businesses, takes a look inside those numbers for the real reasons behind Missouri’s meteoric rise in business creation. From the Missouri Times As word came from Gov. Jay Nixon’s office that Missouri had the highest business growth in the nation from 2012 to 2013 and that the state had ranked in the top ten for startups, the governor credited the work of

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Missouri congressional delegation all-in on Ex-Im Bank revival

Good news from Washington D.C. where AIM’s lobbying efforts on behalf of the revival of the Export-Import Bank are meeting with a welcoming audience in our congressional delegation. All eight members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri voted in favor of the Ex-Im revival Tuesday. The final vote tally was 313-118 in favor, with all but one Democratic representative voting for the bill. The vote was almost evenly split on the Republican side with 127 voting in favor and 117 against. The revival now moves on to the Senate, where Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is opposed to the Ex-Im Bank. 65 members have voted in favor of the bank during a test vote earlier this session. McConnell says Ex-Im Bank revival will have to be passed as part of a bigger bill mostly dealing with highway funding. Missouri Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill appear to be strong supporters of Ex-Im revival. In introducing a stand-alone revival

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House votes for Ex-Im revival; Associated Industries of Missouri pleased with outcome

Associated Industries of Missouri is pleased with the results of Tuesday night’s vote in the U.S. House of Representatives that appears to revive the Export-Import Bank. AIM and many of its members are strong proponents of the institution. The following is an article from the National Association of Manufacturers’ blog. The blog post links to several articles written by various news services and as you read, you can see that we still have a long way to go. We need to remain vigilant to keep our Senators and Congressmen on the right track when it comes to support of the Ex-Im Bank. As the day goes on, we will try to find out how our delegation voted on the Ex-Im revival bill, and we will also try to find out where our state’s Senators stand. From Manufacturing Economy Daily The AP (10/27, Taylor) reports that House Democrats joined “establishment-backed Republicans” to form a “strong coalition” that on Tuesday “voted overwhelmingly,” 313

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House Passes MAP-21 Extension plus Budget and STRR Act Update

Associated Industries of Missouri and The Missouri Transportation Development Council (MTD) are grateful that Congress was able to pass another extension of a highway funding bill on Tuesday. However, AIM and MTD believe that Congress needs to pass long-term funding, such as the more than $3-billion contained in the STRR Act. The Missouri  Department of Transportation and the state’s contractors need certainty in order to commit to long-term projects that will move Missouri’s transportation system forward. From The American Highway Users Alliance Early Tuesday afternoon, the House passed an extension of MAP-21 (HR 3819) until November 20th by voice vote. The extension will now head to the Senate where EPW Ranking Member Barbara Boxer (D-CA) may seek to modify it to exclude a rider that extends the positive train control (PTC) deadline by three years. Boxer would prefer PTC to ride on the long-term bill. Since PTC is considered must-pass legislation, Boxer’s view is that it could be used to

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Ex-Im reauthorization vote could come today or tomorrow

The U.S. House of Representatives could consider a motion to revive the Export-Import Bank of the United States in votes today and tomorrow. Some “free market” advocates oppose the Ex-I’m, but it is hard to see why an entity that helps even our smallest businesses compete in foreign markets would somehow not be supporting a free and equal market. Ex-Im is critically important to Missouri manufacturers wanting to sell their products outside the U.S. The Bank has helped our businesses compete with businesses from other countries that have the support of similar entities in their home countries.  American businesses, especially small businesses, have been at a disadvantage with businesses in other countries since the Ex-I’m charter expired this summer. PLEASE visit this link for further action you may take in support of the Ex-I’m Bank. Of, if you prefer to simply pick up the phone, here is a list of our congressional delegation and their phone numbers in district number

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