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December 14, 2011 - Responding to border security and competitiveness agreement announced by President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Harper, NAM's Jay Timmons said that growing barriers and delays experienced by U.S. manufacturers when shipping across northern border limits export growth and hurts job creation. Timmons' statement, made on behalf of manufacturers, urged President Obama to approve Keystone XL pipeline "as soon as possible" in order to "help meet the goal of doubling exports by 2014."

Manufacturers: Border Agreement Will Boost Exports

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National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)
1331 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC, 20004

Press release date: December 7, 2011

Urge Administration to Approve Keystone XL to Begin Creating Jobs

Washington, D.C. - National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued this statement on the border security and competitiveness agreement announced today by President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Harper:

"Manufacturers in the United States continue to face growing barriers and delays when shipping across the northern border. This is limiting our export growth and hurting job creation. Implementing new policies and making needed changes on the border will help streamline the shipment of goods across the border, allowing us to expand exports to help meet the goal of doubling exports by 2014.

Both governments have been working together with industry on solutions that will improve competitiveness and enhance security. The agreement announced today includes many recommendations from the NAM to expand trusted trader programs, reduce red tape and expand trade infrastructure - all of which will improve the flow of goods across the border from manufacturers in the U.S.

Manufacturers urge President Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline as soon as possible. This important energy infrastructure project across the northern border will create more than 118,000 jobs and will provide a needed, affordable source of energy for manufacturers. We need jobs, and Keystone XL will help put Americans back to work immediately."

-NAM- The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing has a presence in every single congressional district providing good, high-paying jobs. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit
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