As election season kicks into high gear, one thing is clear: there will not be any movement on manufacturing legislative policies on Capitol Hill until the “lame duck” session in December, if then. On the campaign trail, manufacturing issues, which are usually framed as economic growth or jobs issues, have to compete for attention with a host of other topics, including new military engagements in Iraq and Syria and the Ebola crisis in Africa.
Regardless of which party wins the Senate majority this November, there will be at least one piece of the President’s agenda that will continue to move forward away from Capitol Hill: continued negotiations of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Although it is not yet clear whether the current 113th Congress or the new 114th Congress will be in session when TPP negotiations reach their peak, one thing is known – if done poorly, this trade deal could have unfortunate consequences on American manufacturing. Continue reading this entry