Executives of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) may want to bring a map with them when they arrive in Massachusetts Friday to present the Manufacturing Legislative Excellence Award to Senator Scott Brown.
It’s been a long time since a member of Congress from Massachusetts has earned NAM’s top award for supporting policies that enhance the competitiveness of American manufacturers. In fact, the presentation to Senator Brown at the conclusion of his speech to the AIM Executive Forum Friday will mark the first time ever that NAM has given the award to a Bay State lawmaker.
“We’re delighted to be coming to Massachusetts to recognize Senator Brown for his 100 percent voting record in support of economic growth and opportunity,” says Tiffany N. Adams, Vice President of Public Affairs for the 11,000-member NAM, which instituted the award in 1998.
The NAM will recognize Senator Brown for his pro-business votes on nine issues that came up after he won a special election to the Senate in January to fill the seat formerly held by Edward M. Kennedy. The votes included support for repeal of the onerous 1099 reporting rules in health care reform, continued access by manufacturers to reasonably priced over-the-counter derivatives and ensuring Congressional oversight of attempts to regulate greenhouse gas.
NAM will present Manufacturing Legislative Excellence Awards to 221 senators and representatives for their votes in the 111th Congress. Members of the House and Senate who vote in support of manufacturing at least 70 percent of the time earn the NAM award.
Senator Brown’s voting record in Washington is consistent with the one he assembled as a Massachusetts state senator prior to his January election. He and several other Republicans posted a top pro-business ranking of 67 percent on the 2007-2008 AIM Legislative Scorecard.
AIM President and Chief Executive Officer Richard C. Lord said that AIM and NAM work together closely on many important issues, so it makes sense for Senator Brown to receive the award at the AIM Executive Forum.
“We’re gratified that a Massachusetts senator has finally won national recognition for supporting jobs and economic growth. Let’s hope this is the first of many such NAM awards to be given in Massachusetts,” Lord said.