Strengthening Made In Wisconsin Manufacturing

Strengthening Made In Wisconsin Manufacturing

In Wisconsin, we make things — everything from paper, engines, tools, and ships to beer, brats, and cheese. It is a long and proud tradition. That’s why Tammy has made building a Made in Wisconsin manufacturing economy a top priority.

Tammy is continuing to build a Made in Wisconsin economy by working across party lines to champion strong Buy American rules, confront unfair trade deals, and create Wisconsin jobs.

Buy American

American workers are the best in the world, yet they face an unfair disadvantage when it comes to competing against countries like China and Russia. In Washington big multinational corporations bring in their lobbyists to keep the system rigged in their favor, while American workers are left behind.

Tammy is standing up for Wisconsin workers and taking on those powerful special interests by fighting for strong Buy American rules that make sure our manufacturers have a level playing field. American taxpayer dollars should go toward buying American products and hiring American workers — not propping up foreign-made iron and steel.

In the Senate, Tammy introduced Buy American legislation to help rebuild our drinking water infrastructure with American-made iron and steel. Tammy’s Buy American rules were then included in legislation that passed with a resounding 95-3 bipartisan vote. However, before the bill could get a vote in the House, cheap foreign steel importers brought in their lobbyists to stop the progress. Yet again, Washington let the special interests call the shots again and stripped out Tammy’s Buy American rules.

But Tammy didn’t give up and she continued to stand up for Wisconsin. She introduced the Made in America Water Infrastructure Act, and when President Trump visited Wisconsin, he endorsed Tammy’s legislation. Tammy is committed to passing this legislation and has called on President Trump to join her in moving Buy American rules forward.

Tax Reform That Works for Wisconsin Manufacturing

Tammy believes that Wisconsin working families need a tax cut and that we need to make our tax system simpler and fairer for Wisconsin small businesses and manufacturers. But when Washington had the opportunity to reform our complicated tax code, special interests called the shots and pushed through a partisan tax law with giveaways for big corporations.

More than 80% of the new tax breaks will go to the wealthiest 1% and big corporations like Exxon, Wells Fargo and pharmaceutical corporations like Pfizer. These corporations are being gifted billions of dollars as a result of the new tax law, even though they were already making massive profits.

Tammy is standing up for Made in Wisconsin manufacturers with tax reforms that would boost Wisconsin businesses and help them create new jobs. Tammy’s 21st Century Manufacturing Act would simplify and strengthen the R&D tax credit to make it easier for Wisconsin’s small and medium manufacturers to invest in innovation and drive economic growth for years in the future. Her Support Our Start-Ups Act would provide tax relief to entrepreneurs who are creating new businesses, helping Wisconsin overcome our last-place ranking for start-up activity.

Taking on Unfair Trade Deals

Unfair trade deals like NAFTA and TPP are clear examples of how Washington’s flawed economic policies have put corporate special interests ahead of Wisconsin workers. That’s why Tammy is pushing for major changes to our trade policy.

Tammy has been active in the NAFTA renegotiation process, calling for a renewed deal that ends outsourcing, raises wages, and drives job growth. Tammy is championing strong Buy American rules to stop the flow of our taxpayer dollars to foreign companies. She is also calling for a crackdown on Canada’s unfair dairy trade barriers, strengthened enforcement of wage, and environmental standards for all countries involved, and eliminating special protections for big banks and corporations.

Time and time again, American workers compete and win when they have a level playing field. Tammy will continue to stand up against against China’s cheating by pushing to aggressively penalize foreign companies when they unfairly dump their products in American markets. Whether it’s cheap foreign steel or Chinese state-supported paper, Tammy is putting Wisconsin’s manufacturers first and helping them fight back.

Wisconsin Jobs

Tammy is working to create a Made in Wisconsin manufacturing economy that is built to last by investing in workers and the next generation of Wisconsin’s manufacturers. As a co-chair of the bipartisan Career and Technical Education Caucus, Tammy has worked with Republicans and Democrats to craft multiple workforce readiness, apprenticeship, and job training bills.

Tammy introduced landmark job training legislation that would scale up Wisconsin’s apprenticeship programs and provide more people with the skills they need to succeed. Tammy’s apprenticeship bill would invest in public-private partnerships between schools and local businesses that are training future Wisconsin workers.

Wisconsin’s manufacturing economy will continue to thrive and innovate and we must make sure Wisconsin’s next generation of workers are ready to take the Badger State to the next level. Tammy worked across party lines to pass her bipartisan Manufacturing Universities Act, and now this law is helping engineering programs across the country meet the demands of modern manufacturing.