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AFS Pushes For Key Provisions In Stimulus Package to Benefit Metalcasters

As Congress negotiates a third stimulus package, the American Foundry Society (AFS) has worked closely with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to ensure key provisions are included that could benefit metalcasters.

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Biden Administration Pressing $2.3 Trillion Infrastructure and Climate Plan

The President on March 31 announced a $2.25 trillion, eight-year spending proposal. The “American Jobs Plan,” would fund transportation and water infrastructure, electric vehicles, technology research, climate R&D, electric grid modernization, workforce development, broadband internet, affordable housing, school improvements, and environmental justice initiatives.

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AFS Supports New Bipartisan Legislation Aimed at Strengthening Buy-American Laws

Federal legislation aimed at closing loopholes that allow federal agencies to use waivers to get around Buy American preferences has the support of the American Foundry Society.

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AFS Outlines Infrastructure Agenda

Policymakers in Washington should take advantage of a bipartisan opportunity to enhance our nation’s infrastructure, grow the economy, and support U.S. jobs by investing in our transportation and water systems.

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Advocacy Alert: Victory on PPP Expansion

AFS-backed legislation signed into law by President Trump in 2020 established the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The program benefited many foundries, and thousands of other businesses, during the pandemic. However, the law’s provisions and regulatory guidance created surprise tax increases. Also, the loan-forgiveness provisions needed to be improved.

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AFS Calls on Lawmakers to Support Economic Growth Through Domestic Manufacturing in 2021

Plans for a robust economic recovery, powered by a strong U.S. manufacturing base, are at the center of the American Foundry Society’s 2021 Policy Agenda.

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Congress Approves COVID-19 Relief and Government Spending Bill

On December 21, 2020, Congress passed a $2.3 trillion government funding and coronavirus relief measure, the Bipartisan-Bicameral Omnibus COVID Relief Deal.  The package will keep the federal government running for the rest of the fiscal year, provide billions of dollars in aid to small businesses, extend unemployment programs, deliver resources to support vaccinations, and more.

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Advocacy Alert: Favorable Outcome on Iron and Steel Foundry Emission Standard

This issue had enormous implications for larger foundries, which already commit tremendous resources toward environmental protection.

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AFS Presses for Business Liability Protection as Lawsuit Concerns Grow

U.S. manufacturers are working hard to take measures to protect their employees and customers amid the COVID-19 crisis. However, the risk of lawsuits poses a barrier in their ability to bounce back from the economic crisis. As manufacturers start to reopen, employers  want to know that if they follow public health guidelines, they will be protected against lawsuits.

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AFS Supports Legislation to Double R&D Tax Credit

A bill that would boost innovation and expand tax credits for small businesses has the support of the American Foundry Society. H.R. 7766 would assist metalcasters by doubling research and development tax credits and allowing more businesses to access these incentives.

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