Testimony of Kevin L. Kearns President, U.S. Business and Industry Council before the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nuclear Proliferation, and Trade Committee on Foreign Affairs U.S. House of Representatives
by Kevin L. Kearns, Wednesday, June 10, 2009
As a business organization, USBIC has since its founding in 1933 spoken out on a wide range of economic issues. But the Council has always been deeply concerned about U.S. national security. This focus reflects the nature of our membership, which is mainly comprised of small and medium-sized manufacturers with deep roots in their communities, strongly held Main Street values, and a fundamental awareness that the country’s safety depends heavily on a strong productive, innovation, and wealth-creating industrial base at home. Manufacturing has long dominated this base quantitatively, and it will remain dominant for the foreseeable future. As President Obama and so many others have said, the economic crisis represents a genuine crossroads for our country. Washington’s responses will greatly determine whether America will emerge at least as safe and prosperous as it has been since the end of World War II, or much weaker, much poorer, much less politically independent, and much less influential.
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