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  For Immediate Release  
  Contact: Phil Bloomer  
  Phone: (217) 403-4690  
October 4, 2006

Domestic Energy Supply, Legal Reform, Free Trade and Tax Policy Among Top Issues


Washington, D.C. -  Representative Timothy Johnson (R-IL-15) has been awarded the National Association of Manufacturers Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence in recognition of his continued support of American manufacturers and a pro-growth, pro-job agenda.

The NAM Award is presented to members of Congress who vote in the best interest of the manufacturing economy at least 70 percent of the time on Key Manufacturing Votes as designated by a special committee of NAM member companies, large and small.  Johnson’s voting record was 79 percent.

“Johnson’s voting record shows a true understanding of the key role manufacturing plays in the strength of our economy and our quality of life,” NAM President John Engler said.  “Taken together, these key votes are critical to boosting American competitiveness, job creation and prosperity for working Americans.  I thank Representative Johnson for his steady dedication to the economic growth agenda of the manufacturing community.

“All too often in the political arena, sincere action is drowned out by flashy rhetoric,” Engler continued.  “This NAM Award is the only real litmus test for our members, sorting out the true allies of manufacturing by their votes in support of a pro-growth, pro-jobs manufacturing economy.”

Key Manufacturing Votes for the 109th Congress included free trade agreements, domestic energy supply and legal reform, among others.  NAM Key Vote Cards are delivered to members of Congress prior to floor action to signal that an upcoming scheduled floor vote has been selected as a potential NAM Key Manufacturing Vote.

“I’m grateful for this recognition from the manufacturers association,” Rep. Johnson said. “Many parts of my district have been hit hard by the loss of manufacturing jobs. I am optimistic that legislation I have supported in the 109th Congress is providing the incentives to restore our strengths in manufacturing and indeed we are already seeing signs of that occurring.”

Voting records for all members of Congress, including those who scored 70 percent or better to earn an Award, are available at along with further details about the Key Manufacturing Votes.

                The National Association of Manufacturers is the nation’s largest industrial trade association, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states.  Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the NAM has 10 additional offices across the country.  Visit the NAM’s award-winning web site at for more information about manufacturing and the economy.



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