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President Signs New Trade Agreement with Mexico And Canada To Replace NAFTA

President Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto signed the new U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement — or USMCA — in Buenos Aires on Nov. 30.

The agreement provides increased requirements for automotive components to be produced in North America and follows more than a year of talks to update the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which supports about $1.2 trillion in annual trade among the three countries in the USMCA. 

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AFS Congratulates Rep. Mike Johnson on Election as Speaker of the House

The American Foundry Society, North America’s largest metalcasting trade association and professional society, today congratulated Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana on his election as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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AFS Applauds House, Urges Senate to Adopt House-Passed Debt Ceiling Bill

AFS is calling on the U.S. Senate to pass the House’s debt ceiling bill which averts a default on the national debt while incorporating vital provisions for the manufacturing economy.

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AFS Calls on Congress to Approve Bipartisan Debt Limit Bill

AFS is calling on lawmakers to approve a bipartisan bill that would avert a default on the national debt while incorporating vital provisions for the manufacturing economy.

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AFS Criticizes Administration’s Failure to Designate Copper as a Critical Mineral

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has denied a bipartisan request to immediately add copper to the official Critical Minerals list due to a dangerous supply risk. 

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AFS releases 2023 federal policy agenda

Supporting public policies that bolster competitiveness, fuel economic growth, and create jobs are at the top of the agenda for the American Foundry Society this year.

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AFS Looking Forward to Working with the 118th Congress

The American Foundry Society (AFS) today congratulated all of the newly seated members of the House and Senate in the 118th Congress. “There are tremendous opportunities awaiting Congress and the Administration to ensure economic growth, address our nation’s workforce needs, adopt sound tax policies, combat unfair foreign trade practices, and adopt smart regulatory policies” said Doug Kurkul, CEO of AFS.

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AFS Seeking Members for Lead Rule Working Group

AFS is in the process of forming a working group to seek input from foundries and suppliers using lead in their facilities. AFS will be formally commenting on the ANPRM. 

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AFS to Host Webinar on OSHA’s Revisions to Lead Standards on July 28

OSHA has begun the process of revising its standards for occupational exposure to lead, a move which will affect some non-ferrous foundries. To help metalcasters stay informed about these proposed changes to the standards, AFS will host a Members-Only Webinar at 1 p.m. CT on Thursday, July 28.

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AFS Report Details Ways to Prevent Heat Stress in Foundries

A comprehensive report from the AFS Safety & Health Committee which provided the basis for an ASTM Standard details how metalcasters can prevent and manage heat-related illness during hot weather and other situations that can cause heat stress.

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