U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) Thursday expressed his appreciation to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) for recognizing his support of American manufacturing jobs. The NAM selected Rahall to receive the organization's Legislative Excellence Award.
"We need to be doing more to support and rebuild our manufacturing base in America so that American manufacturing jobs stay right here, in our own country, and in West Virginia. That's why I have been fighting for a stronger manufacturing base and supporting programs that help our manufacturers to innovate and create jobs and compete in a very tough global economy," said Rahall.
Rahall was honored for supporting policies that enable manufacturers in the United States to create jobs, compete globally, and improve living standards for manufacturing workers. Rahall was one of only six Democratic Members in both Houses of Congress to receive this recognition.
"In pushing back against burdensome EPA regulations that hurt our economy, I have been proudly standing up for America's workforce -- for our steelworkers, our coal miners, and the men and women on the shop floors and the assembly lines. I am thrilled to have the recognition of the National Association of Manufacturers for my support of American jobs," said Rahall.
As the top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rahall has been working to enhance and expand the national transportation system, making the movement of American goods more cost-effective and efficient. He has been successful in strengthening "Buy America" requirements in highway and transit and water infrastructure legislation to ensure that American taxpayer investments result in American jobs. He also has been an advocate of low-cost fossil fuels, like coal, for meeting the energy needs of manufacturers and small businesses that are competing in the worldwide marketplace.