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NAM Tells Congress: Say ‘No to Higher Energy Taxes’

The National Association of Manufacturers is launching a multistate, multimillion-dollar advertising campaign to fight proposed energy taxes.

The effort is part of the trade group’s “Manufacturing Means Jobs” campaign. And NAM’s Wednesday announcement comes on the heels of an Obama administration proposal for a $50 billion infrastructure package that White House officials said could be offset by taxes on the energy industry.

“Our message to Congress is very clear,” NAM President and CEO John Engler said in a statement. “At a time when unemployment remains over 9 percent, costly energy taxes will make our nation’s economic situation worse by raising costs for businesses and consumers and hurting businesses’ ability to compete in a global marketplace.”

He added: “We are encouraging manufacturers, small businesses and the public to tell Congress to say yes to jobs and no to higher energy taxes.”

The spots will run in Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia. NAM spokesman Jeff Ostermayer said the ad buy, which is worth several million dollars, will run for about a week on cable and network TV stations.

The ads feature shots of manufacturing through the past several decades.

“Manufacturing means jobs,” a male narrator says in the ad. “Manufacturing and small business have been the source of our economic strength for over a century. Now, Congress is pushing higher energy taxes that could cripple American manufacturing and eliminate countless jobs. We need more jobs, not higher energy taxes.”

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