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Recent articles by Melissa Tallman

  • Job Quality Index Rises 0.67% as US Adds 379,000 Jobs in February

    The Job Quality Index (JQI) rose 0.67% to 81.58 in the March reading as the decline in low-quality jobs prompted a small increase in the JQI. The JQI report showed that the mean weekly wage for all P&NS workers increased to $862.28, a change of 0.69% from its revised level the month prior. The JQI, produced by the Coalition for a Prosperous America in partnership with academics from Cornell Law School, measures the ratio of high-quality to low-quality jobs where high quality is defined as weekly wages above the mean weekly wage and low quality as weekly wages below the mean weekly wage. The JQI is limited to production and nonsupervisory (P&NS) workers, excluding management and business owners. Read more
  • Coalition Conversations ep. 6 Reshoring

    Reshoring & Re-establishing Supply Chains -- Doing so brings jobs, assets, and resources back to the U.S.. Harry Moser, founder and president, of the Reshoring Initiative talks with Melissa in episode 6 of Coalition Conversations. Read more
  • CPA Hires Nick Iacovella as New Communications Director

    Washington. The Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) has hired Nick Iacovella as its new Communications Director. Iacovella, who begins work today at CPA, will engage with national media on behalf of CPA and its members. He previously served as Deputy Director of Communications for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Director of Communications for the Senate Committee on Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship. Read more
  • Coalition Conversations ep. 5

    How does trade work when we don't have a free trade agreement in place? What kind of tariffs do we have in place? Melissa speaks with Chuck Benoit, CPA's Trade Counsel, to talk about this issue and why it's time to reform our default tariffs."   Read more
  • Opinion: Foreign semiconductor shortage threatens economy

    America’s automotive industry has been rocked in recent weeks by a global shortage of computer chips. The problem has become so serious that GM has halted operations at three plants and Ford has curbed production of its big moneymaker, the F-150. Each company could lose several billion dollars in revenue this year. The automakers are scrambling to locate chip supplies and the Biden administration has sprung into action to assist them. What’s become clear from the shortage is that U.S. manufacturers are extremely vulnerable to disruptions in the production and allocation of semiconductors, which now undergird the entire U.S. economy. Read more
  • CPA Supports Biden Executive Order on U.S. Supply Chains

    Important step toward rebuilding domestic manufacturing capacity Washington. The Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) today praised a new executive order by President Biden intended to “strengthen the resilience of America’s supply chains.” Specifically, the order will require an immediate study of domestic U.S. manufacturing capacity in key industries. The order further requires federal departments and agencies to deliver full supply chain assessments within one year for critical sectors such as pharmaceuticals, active pharmaceutical ingredients, semiconductors, and electric vehicle batteries. Read more
  • CPA Says New Postal Vehicle Fleet Should be Fully USA-Made

    Washington. The Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) today reacted to news that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has awarded a 10-year contract to Oshkosh Defense for new mail delivery trucks, including both combustion-engine and battery-electric vehicles (EVs). While USPS says that “final vehicle assembly” will take place in the United States, CPA strongly urges that domestic content be required for all of the associated supply chains. Doing so would mean high-value parts—including engines, motors, drive trains, and batteries—being manufactured specifically in the United States. Read more
  • Coalition Conversations ep. 4

    CPA's CEO, Michael Stumo, and Government Relations Director, Jon Toomey discuss the Office of the USTR announcement of 13 key staff appointments for the Biden-Harris Administration. Read more
  • Biden’s Trade Rep Nominee Is Well-Versed in Beijing’s Aggression

    The new Biden administration faces a whirlwind of economic recovery challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the U.S. economy and millions remain unemployed. And thanks to Chairman Xi Jinping’s actions in China, along with former President Donald Trump's use of unilateral economic leverage—including tariffs—Congress is fully aware that Beijing will not play by any rules except “might makes right.”  The good news is that President Joe Biden appears intent on continuing a strong approach on trade and national security issues. That will invariably mean treating China as both a great power rival and a nation that should be held accountable for its genocidal behavior and economic predation.  Read more
  • Coalition Conversations ep. 3

    The biggest goods deficit was seen in 2020. Jeff Ferry, Chief Economist; along with Industry Analyst, Ken Rapoza discuss why in this weeks episode of Coalition Conversations. Read more
  • America’s dependence on China for essential medicines a growing safety threat

    Rosemary Gibson chairs the healthcare committee of the Coalition for a Prosperous America. She is the author of "China Rx: Exposing the Risks of America’s Dependence on China for Medicine." Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has claimed many American lives. Millions are still out of work. This is the public toll of the virus. However, the disruption caused by the pandemic now runs deeper — and threatens the safety of America’s daily drug needs. Read more
  • Job Quality Index Rises as Low-Quality Jobs Fall in January

    The Job Quality Index (JQI) rose 0.54 to 79.36 in the February reading as the decline in low-quality jobs prompted a small increase in the JQI. The JQI, produced by the Coalition for a Prosperous America in partnership with academics from Cornell Law School, measures the ratio of high-quality to low-quality jobs where high quality is defined as weekly wages above the mean weekly wage and low quality as weekly wages below the mean weekly wage. The JQI is limited to production and nonsupervisory (P&NS) workers, excluding management and business owners. Read more
  • Coalition Conversations, Episode 2

    The Broken Tax System: Is It Hurting American Domestic Business? Read more
  • CPA Supports Legislation to Expand Domestic Production of COVID-19 Supplies

    Senate bill would use Defense Production Act to increase American-made medical components Washington. The Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) is praising newly introduced legislation by Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) that would allocate $10 billion for domestically produced pandemic supplies. Specifically, the bill would use the Defense Production Act (DPA) to expand U.S. production of urgently needed healthcare resources, including testing materials, personal protective equipment (PPE), and medical supplies. Read more
  • CPA Supports Biden Decision to Keep Aluminum Tariffs

    New president will continue tariffs on UAE aluminum imports Washington. The Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) today praised President Biden’s decision to continue tariffs on aluminum imports from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The tariffs were previously set to expire on February 3, but the president has now revoked that order. Read more
  • CPA Suggests Improvements to Buy American Executive Order

    CPA sent the following letter to President Biden asking that he take into consideration three suggestions to ensure the strongest Buy American provisions possible.  Read more
  • Coalition Conversations , episode 1

    Buy American - Consumer Impact of Buying American and Label Reading Read more
  • Industry and Union Coalition Outlines Policy Recommendations in Letters to President Biden, Congressional Leaders

    January 29, 2021   WASHINGTON—A broad coalition of industry organizations and labor unions, representing a broad spectrum of manufacturers and workers who stepped up to make essential PPE and other products throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, sent a letter today to President Biden and congressional leaders outlining recommendations on specific policy initiatives that must be adopted to re-establish a permanent PPE industry in the United States. Read more