Manufacturers group analyzes election results

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In a Wednesday morning call following the election, the National Association of Manufacturers celebrated the defeat of Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., who was seen by the group as anti-business.

The group applauded the re-election of two Blue Dog Democrats, Reps. James Matheson, D-Utah, and John Barrow, D-Ga., while noting that the Blue Dog Coalition of conservative Democrats was further diminished, leaving fewer business-friendly Democrats in the House, National Marine Manufacturers Association legislative director Jim Currie wrote in the group’s Washington Wave.

Another pro-business Democrat who will not return to the House is Norman Dicks, D-Wash., who did not run for re-election, Currie wrote.

Key NMMA allies who were re-elected include Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Va., Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Currie wrote.

A significant loss for the business community was the defeat of Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass, Currie wrote, adding that he was beaten by Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren, who is generally seen as anti-business.

Key NMMA allies on the Biscayne National Park issue were mostly re-elected, Currie wrote.

Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., has been very helpful to the NMMA on the issue of E15, and he ran unopposed. Upton, the Michigan Republican and chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has indicated his support for the NMMA’s position on E15 and any legislation on this issue will pass through his committee.

Of the three members of the House who introduced legislation to eliminate the deduction for interest paid on boat loans (H.R. 1702), Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., lost his re-election bid, beaten decisively by Tammy Duckworth, an Army veteran who lost both legs in a helicopter crash in Iraq, Currie wrote. The other two sponsors of the measure — Reps. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Mike Quigley, D-Ill. — won re-election.

“This issue is unlikely to emerge as a standalone in the 113th Congress, but it may come up in the context of comprehensive tax reform,” Currie wrote.

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