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With Campaign Wins in Georgia, Democrats Control the Senate. What Does That Mean for Biden’s “Build Back Better” Plan?

With ambitious goals for infrastructure and clean energy, Democratic control of Congress offers more hope that significant investment can happen under the incoming Biden presidency.

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There’s strong bipartisan support for infrastructure investment, but efforts to move the process forward have stalled. Will the incoming administration be able to get the job done? Getty Images

With ambitious goals for infrastructure and clean energy, Democratic control of Congress offers more hope that significant investment can happen under the incoming Biden presidency.

It seems like a lifetime ago now, but Georgia Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff won seats in the Senate on Tuesday.

While the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) is a nonpartisan organization, so we don’t weigh in on the merits of any specific political candidate. But we do think it is worth noting that those victories mean President-elect Joe Biden’s plans to deliver economic recovery through his Build Back Better plan appear likelier to come to actualization.

The twofold victories have secured Democrats’ control of the Senate, though with narrow margins, requiring President-elect Joe Biden to recruit support from conservative members of its own party ,like Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.). Biden may also need backing of some Republican members to create the “at least 5 million new jobs in manufacturing and innovation” that the Build Back Better plan projects.

“Georgia’s voters delivered a resounding message yesterday: they want action on the crises we face and they want it right now. On COVID-19, on economic relief, on climate, on racial justice, on voting rights and so much more,” Biden said. “They want us to move, but move together.”

Fortunately, polling has revealed time and time again that infrastructure is a remarkably unifying issue that could offer Republicans and Democrats an opportunity to put differences aside and massively bolster America’s ailing economy.  

With a 50-50 split of control in the Senate, Manchin, one of the Senate’s other conservative Democrats, could play an integral role as a swing voter. Though the senator’s commitment to centrist politics will likely stymie some of Biden’s more progressive initiatives, Manchin has been a strong supporter for infrastructure and clean energy, critical components of President-elect Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan.

“Jobs, everybody agrees on… a pothole doesn’t have a Democratic or Republican name on it,” Manchin said during a recent webinar hosted by the BlueGreen Alliance, Environmental Defense Fund and Third Way.

Reflecting Biden’s own focus on strengthening America’s clean energy industry to boost U.S. employment, Manchin has also backed clean energy technology investment such as the American Energy Innovation Act (AEIA), which he supported this fall.

“[Clean energy technologies] have the potential to create U.S. jobs for workers and communities that need a long-term lifeline. By identifying the policies and industries that will rebuild our manufacturing sector and reclaim our economic future, I believe we can help our workers and their families while reestablishing U.S. leadership in existing and new entirely new energy markets,” Manchin said during discussion of the AEIA bill.

Though infrastructure investment presents an awesome opportunity to rebuild America’s economy, with possible gains of as much as 12.9 million jobs by 2024, there remains no lack of acrimony between the two parties. Funding for Biden’s Build Back Better plan is likely to become a sticking point.

As Vox notes:

“Infrastructure could be one of the few opportunities for bipartisanship; a number of moderate Republicans are willing to work on such a bill, but other Republicans have already begun to raise concerns about the national deficit and additional spending after themselves passing a massive tax cut in 2017 that ballooned the deficit. Still, Biden, who served as a senator for decades before becoming Obama’s vice president, has a long working relationship with McConnell in the Senate. This could prove to be an asset going into his presidency.”

Indeed, Biden’s transition team has already reportedly begun work to muster this bipartisan support during the first year of his term.

The American economy has a long road back to recovery ahead of it. Members of Congress would be wise listen to American voters and support the significant investment in infrastructure and clean energy that promises to create millions upon millions of valuable family-supporting jobs for American workers.

Source: https://www.americanmanufacturing.org/blog/with-campaign-wins-in-georgia-democrats-control-the-senate-what-does-that-mean-for-bidens-build-back-better-plan/

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Walmart Announces Another Made in USA Pledge as Workers Ask the Retailer to Keep Light Bulb Production in Ohio

Walmart says it will spend $350 billion on American-made goods. Using its influence to ensure Made in America LED bulbs stay on its shelves seems like a good place to start.

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Walmart says it wants to support U.S. manufacturing but its business model remains based selling cheap imports, which ultimately undermines many American workers and makers. Getty Images

Walmart says it will spend $350 billion on American-made goods. Using its influence to ensure Made in America LED bulbs stay on its shelves seems like a good place to start.

It’s that time of year again!

Walmart unveiled yet another commitment to American manufacturing last week, saying it will spend $350 billion through 2030 on products “made, grown or assembled” in the United States.

This isn’t the first time the retailer has done this, of course. Walmart first announced a $250 billion commitment back in 2013, and it has made similar announcements ever since.

While there have been a few success stories, we’ve always been skeptical (and we aren’t the only ones). The whole thing has always struck us as a nice PR campaign rather than an actual, transformative effort to truly support Made in America.

For one, it’s unclear where Walmart even stands on its original commitment from eight years ago, although President and CEO John Furner promised last week that the company is “on track to deliver.” Second, the “grown” part of the commitment does a lot of the work here – we previously pointed out that two-thirds of it comes from groceries, not manufactured products.  

But the larger issue is that the vast majority of products on Walmart shelves continue to be imports – the company was the No. 1 importer in the United States in 2019, according to the Journal of Commerce. And rather than take steps to decrease its imports in favor of locally made goods, Walmart continues to announce commitments to do just the opposite. In December, for example, it said it will spend $10 billion a year on products that are Made in India.

There is no doubt the Walmart business model has hurt American workers. The Economic Policy Institute estimated that Walmart’s imported products from China alone cost 400,000 U.S. jobs.

Now, I could go on and on pulling statistics and data points, but there’s actually a very telling real-world example happening in Ohio right now that highlights just how dubious Walmart’s Made in America commitment really is.

For decades, workers at the GE-Savant factory in Bucyrus, Ohio have made light bulbs. In recent years, the plant has supplied LED light bulbs to Walmart.

But in January, GE-Savant announced it planned to offshore production of the bulbs to China. Members of IUE-CWA Local 84704 joined with leaders like Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) to protest the decision and keep the plant’s LED light bulb manufacturing from being offshored, but the company ultimately moved ahead. The last day of production was March 6, leading to 81 layoffs.

“For years, Ohio workers at the GE-Savant plant helped drive the success of the company,” Brown told the Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum. “Now, rather than exhausting every avenue to save these jobs, the company has decided to lay off 81 workers in the middle of a global pandemic. Workers and leaders in the Bucyrus community fought for these jobs as hard as they could, and they all deserved better.”   

But now the union and city officials are continuing the fight – and they’ve got their eyes set on Walmart. A local delegation plans to visit Walmart headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., where they say they will remind the retailer about its Made in America commitments.  

During a recent city council meeting, union member Steve Pifer noted that workers always did their part for the plant, including by shifting production to LED lights. Now it’s time for Walmart to prove that their Made in America commitment is more than just a public relations ploy.

“Our plant began to hum like the well-oiled machine it was,” he said. “So what changed? What went wrong? Because we were told the LED was the future of the plant and Bucyrus lighting operations.

“Behind the scenes Walmart and GE changed their plans and began to offshore the production of bulbs to China including to a GE-owned factory called Top Star. The 10-year commitment to boost Made in the USA is still promoted by Walmart, but now the collaboration with GE is to build anywhere but in America.”

For its part, Walmart has said “it’s ultimately [GE-Savant]’s decision where to manufacture their products.”

That seems like… nonsense?

Let’s be real: Walmart has the power here. Companies like GE-Savant want their products on the shelves of the biggest retailer on the planet. If Walmart tells GE-Savant that it wants to source these bulbs from Ohio and not China, GE-Savant is going to make the bulbs in Ohio.

After all, Walmart spent decades pressuring its suppliers to offshore production. Why couldn’t it exert that same kind of pressure to keep jobs in the United States?

Walmart has an opportunity to show that it is truly committed to strengthening American manufacturing. And hey, using its position to save the jobs of 81 factory workers is a far better story than any corporate press release.

Here’s hoping Walmart does the right thing. But in the meantime, you can keep the pressure on and stand with these workers by joining IUE-CWA Local 84704 in asking GE-Savant and Walmart to maintain production in Ohio. Add your name here.

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How to protect your idea/invention during manufacturing?

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Hello,

I’ve come up with a new product id like to start manufacturing but I dont believe a patent would be enough to protect the product, since i believe it could be replicated different enough to get around any patent. Id compare it to make a chair or table. How do I ensure while talking to different manufactures about the idea that they won’t run off and start make them without me?

Also any tips on finding a manufacture would be appreciated!

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How to protect your idea/invention during manufacturing?

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Hello,

I've come up with a new product id like to start manufacturing but I dont believe a patent would be enough to protect the product, since i believe it could be replicated different enough to get around any patent. Id compare it to make a chair or table. How do I ensure while talking to different manufactures about the idea that they won't run off and start make them without me?

Also any tips on finding a manufacture would be appreciated!

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