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NAM makes statement on nominations of LaHood and Solis.

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December 23, 2008 - According to John Engler, NAM President and CEO, overall, NAM is pleased with quality of people nominated to serve in President-elect Obama's cabinet. Defining characteristics of this group are experience, achievement, and moderation. Choice of Ray LaHood (R-IL) to serve as Secretary of Transportation reinforces President-elect's commitment to bipartisanship. As Secretary of Labor, Rep. Hilda Solis (D-CA) will bear great responsibility helping Obama Administration strengthen competitiveness.

National Association of Manufacturing - Washington, DC

Original Press Release

NAM Statement on Nominations of LaHood and Solis

Press release date: December 19, 2008

NAM PRESIDENT STATEMENT ON NOMINATIONS OF LAHOOD AND SOLIS TO OBAMA CABINET Engler Says Overall Quality Of New Cabinet Inspires Confidence WASHINGTON, D.C., December 19 , 2008 -- John Engler, President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) issued the following statement in response to President-elect Obama's announcement of his latest nominations to his Cabinet: Overall, we are pleased with the quality of people nominated to serve in President-elect Obama's cabinet. The defining characteristics of this group are experience, achievement and moderation. The American people will take heart from this leadership team, and gain confidence that we will be able to contend with our difficulties and restore our economic strength. The choice of Ray LaHood (R-IL) to serve as Secretary of Transportation reinforces the President-elect's commitment to bipartisanship. LaHood has served our country ably for 14 years in the House where he distinguished himself as a reliable champion of economic growth. He understands the importance of manufacturing to our economy, and is uniquely qualified to lead an aggressive campaign to upgrade our transportation infrastructure. As Secretary of Labor, Rep. Hilda Solis (D-CA) will bear great responsibility helping the Obama Administration strengthen our competitiveness. We look forward to providing detailed analysis of the impact of labor legislation and proposals on American business' ability to create and retain jobs. We appreciate her work for the America COMPETES Act of 2007, and we will work with her to improve educational and training opportunities for the next generation workforce. The National Association of Manufacturers is the nation's largest industrial trade association, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the NAM has 11 additional offices across the country. Visit the NAM's award-winning web site at www.nam.org for more information about manufacturing and the economy. CONTACT
HANK COX (202) 637-3090

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