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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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OSHA sends vaccine ETS to White House office for review

OSHA has sent to the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that will require employers with at least 100 employees to ensure their employees are vaccinated or that they submit a negative COVID test on a weekly basis.

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AFS Actions on Biden Administration Vaccine & Testing Mandate

President Biden on Sept. 9 announced his intention to have OSHA implement an emergency standard requiring vaccines and testing at businesses with more than 100 employees. This mandate poses enormous logistical challenges for employers and employees.

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AFS Opposes Tax Increases, New Mandates in Budget Reconciliation Package

AFS is warning lawmakers that U.S. metalcasters will be harmed by a new federal spending package that would significantly hike the tax burden on businesses and stifle the nation’s economic recovery.

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Some U.S. Foundries Subject to Administration’s New Employee Vaccination Requirement

A new COVID-19 vaccine requirement recently announced by President Joe Biden will affect some U.S. metalcasters.

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AFS Commends Senate Passage of Bipartisan Infrastructure Package, Urges Quick House Passage

The Senate approved a sweeping $1 trillion infrastructure package after weeks of negotiations.

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AFS Applauds Senate Passage of Legislation to Rebuild Our Nation’s Water Systems

The U.S. Senate recently approved the bipartisan Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021, which would authorize the investment of more than $35 billion in drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects. 

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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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OSHA Launches a COVID-19 National Emphasis Program, Plans to Ramp Up Coronavirus-Related Inspections

A new OSHA program, which is slated to last one year but could be extended if necessary, will prioritize onsite coronavirus-related inspections.

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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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