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NAM Group Meets with President

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons and a group of manufacturing executives met in the White House last week with President Trump and unveiled the NAM’s latest Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey. The survey showed that 93.3 percent of manufacturers have a positive outlook about their companies, the NAM said. Business Insider …

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Pressure Growing for Alabama to Leverage Trump’s Accelerating Infrastructure Agenda

President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan could accelerate with the administration needing a win and now that there’s more room on the legislative agenda. Trump transition team member Rep. Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania said with health care insurance pushed to the back burner, the infrastructure plan may gain steam. One …

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Alabama U.S. House Delegation Members to Support ACA Replacement, Vote Delayed

The U.S. House postponed Thursday’s planned vote on an Obamacare replacement as the White House moved to shore up conservative support. House Republicans planned to meet behind closed doors later to figure out their next steps, the Washington Post said. Leaders have told the rank and file to be available …

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FY 2018 Budget Outline Released

President Trump released his first federal budget blueprint, revealing plans to dramatically reduce the size of government, The Hill reported. His budget proposes deep cuts to or elimination of entire programs and a reduced federal workforce. He wants to increase defense spending by $54 billion. Trump seeks a 28 percent …

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BCA, NAM Hail ExxonMobil’s $20 Billion Investment and Jobs Plan

ExxonMobil Corp. announced this week it will ultimately spend $20 billion over 10 years to build or update refining and manufacturing facilities on the Gulf Coast, creating about 45,000 new jobs. BCA President and CEO William Canary commended ExxonMobil for its nearly 30 years of partnership and progress with south …

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End of Obama-Era, Anti-Private Property Rights Rule Celebrated

After President Trump ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to rescind the anti-private property rights Waters of the U.S. rule, Business Council of Alabama President and CEO William J. Canary, National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued statements of support. “A regulation …

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Altec Chairman and CEO Featured in Fox Business Video

WASHINGTON, D.C. – BCA member Altec Inc. Chairman and CEO Lee Styslinger III, and other members of the Business Roundtable, met with President Trump on Thursday and emerged confident in the direction the economy is headed after eight years of turmoil and disruption. Styslinger appeared on Fox Business and said he …

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U.S. Chamber Calls for Fewer Regulations

A twist on the old saying is if it’s broke, fix it. That’s the opinion of U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue’s 2017 Growth Agenda. Donohue said an unelected fourth branch of government – the regulatory branch – is holding our small business sector back while imposing …

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Jeff Sessions Becomes First Alabamian to Serve as U.S. Attorney General

President Donald Trump administered the oath of office Thursday to former U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Mobile after his Wednesday Senate confirmation as U.S. Attorney General. “He’s a man of integrity, a man of principle and a man of total, utter resolve,” Trump said. “That resolve is what we need …

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Congress, White House Move to Rescind Obama-Era Rules

The Associated Press reports House Republicans approved a measure on Wednesday to rescind Obama-era rules designed to protect streams by a vote of 228-194. Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) said, “Make no mistake about it, this Obama administration rule is not designed to protect streams. Instead, it was an effort to regulate …

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