Manufacturers’ association denounces Russia, supports Ukraine

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WASHINGTON, DC – After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers voted unanimously to denounce Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and to assist the Ukrainian people in their “struggle to preserve freedom and independence.”

The resolution expressed support for the economic and financial sanctions imposed on Russia and called for the Russian Federation’s exclusion from the World Trade Organization and the end of permanent status of normalized trade relations with the United States.

“Manufacturers have a proud history of standing firmly for democracy, and we stand with the people of Ukraine,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “The free world must come together to denounce unprovoked Russian aggression, save lives and end the humanitarian crisis unfolding before our eyes.

Timmons said ending the conflict is critical to protecting livelihoods in America and around the world. Manufacturers are already feeling the serious economic disruptions that are threatening jobs for American manufacturing workers.

“NAM supports the efforts of the Biden administration and bipartisan congressional leaders to sanction Russia, and we support more economic sanctions,” he said.

The decision is:

Resolution: Whereas Ukraine is a sovereign democracy and constitutional republic that has been attacked in an unprovoked act of aggression ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin;

whereas the relentless attacks on humanity have resulted in needless deaths, unacceptable human suffering, a devastating refugee crisis, widespread destruction and major economic disruption;

Whereas manufacturers in America have a proud history of supporting and defending democracy, including serving as the “Arsenal of Democracy” and mobilizing to rid the world of tyranny and fascism in two world wars;

Considering that the Ukrainian people stand strong against a violent aggressor and their future directly depends on the united actions of the free world and those who worship democracy;

whereas failure to end this aggression could have profound global repercussions, including further attacks on other democracies and destabilizing effects in Europe and around the world as Russia pursues its ambitious expansionism;

Acknowledging that the continued disruption to global trade is damaging to American manufacturers and the stability of the industry, threatening our ability to provide important products to the American people and the world, and thereby endangering the jobs of American manufacturing workers; and

Whereas the National Association of Manufacturers promotes the values ​​of free enterprise, competitiveness, individual liberty and equal opportunity as enshrined by this Board in our policy documents, and those values ​​cannot thrive without democracy;

Be it decided that the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers, at its meeting on March 8, 2022, will join world leaders in denouncing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine; stands by the Ukrainian people in their struggle to safeguard freedom and independence; supports the economic and financial sanctions imposed on Russia; supports additional economic sanctions, including a ban on imports of energy products, the suspension of the Russian Federation from the World Trade Organization and the end of the permanent status of normalized trade relations; supports the efforts of the US leadership and the international community to restore peace; and reaffirms the commitment of this association and our industry to uphold and protect democracy and democratic institutions not only here at home but also abroad.

Acknowledging that the continued disruption to global trade is damaging to American manufacturers and the stability of the industry, threatening our ability to provide important products to the American people and the world, and thereby endangering the jobs of American manufacturing workers; and

Whereas the National Association of Manufacturers promotes the values ​​of free enterprise, competitiveness, individual liberty and equal opportunity as enshrined by this Board in our policy documents, and those values ​​cannot thrive without democracy;

Be it decided that the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers, at its meeting on March 8, 2022, will join world leaders in denouncing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine; stands by the Ukrainian people in their struggle to safeguard freedom and independence; supports the economic and financial sanctions imposed on Russia; supports additional economic sanctions, including a ban on imports of energy products, the suspension of the Russian Federation from the World Trade Organization and the end of the permanent status of normalized trade relations; supports the efforts of the US leadership and the international community to restore peace; and reaffirms the commitment of this association and our industry to uphold and protect democracy and democratic institutions not only here at home but also abroad.

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