On February 15, 2011, the Committee To Support U.S. Trade Laws ("CSUSTL"), the Conference on the Renaissance of American Manufacturing, King & Spalding, and other Washington D.C.-based organizations jointly hosted a Congressional Briefing for new members of the House of Representatives and their staff entitled "Manufacturing, Job Creation, and Trade with China."
The goal of the briefing was to engage in a robust discussion with new members of Congress and their staff on ways Congress can assist in rejuvenating American manufacturing. The primary topics addressed changes that needed to be made to U.S. tax, trade, regulatory, and other laws and policies that would contribute to the growth of domestic manufacturing capacity and job creation. Also discussed were the national security implications of U.S. dependence on foreign manufactured goods. This briefing was a follow-up to the Conference on the Renaissance of American Manufacturing that was held at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. in September 2010.
Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA), Congressman and Co-Chairman of the Manufacturing Caucus Donald Manzullo (R-IL), Congresswoman Betty Sutton (D-OH), Congressman Mike Michaud (D-ME), and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) spoke at the briefing. Other speakers included Gilbert B. Kaplan, President of CSUSTL and international trade partner at King & Spalding; Reau Berry, President, JTB Furniture Manufacturing; Lynn Brown, Senior Vice President, Hydro Aluminum; Daniel Slane, Vice-Chairman, U.S.-China Economic Security Commission; Ralph Gomory, former Senior Vice President of IBM and Professor, NYU Stern School of Business; Robert Lighthizer, former Deputy USTR; and Linda Andros, Legislative Counsel, United Steelworkers Union.
Approximately 100 people attended the congressional briefing, fifty-five of whom were Representatives and congressional staff. Of the congressional staff, almost 50 percent attended on behalf of new Representatives. The other attendees included government officials, business leaders, and policy makers.