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Manufacturing Coalition Letter on Regulations to
White House Chief of Staff Jeff Zients

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June 22, 2023

Jeff Zients
Chief of Staff
White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. Zients,

As members of the Manufacturers for Sensible Regulations coalition, representing hundreds of thousands of businesses across the nation that collectively employ millions of Americans, we write to express our concern with the regulatory burden, which is hindering our ability to create well-paying jobs, grow the economy and create the products that will improve the quality of life for everyone.

President Biden has made strengthening the manufacturing sector a priority for his administration. Historic legislation like the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the CHIPS and Science Act, key energy provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act and the initial permitting reforms in the Fiscal Responsibility Act underscores the commitment that policymakers have made to our industry. However, the onslaught of new regulations, some of which are previewed in the recently released Spring 2023 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions,1 is chilling manufacturing investment, curtailing manufacturers’ ability to hire new workers and suppressing wage growth, especially for the small and medium-sized manufacturers that are the backbone of the supply chain.

According to the National Association of Manufacturers’ Q2 2023 Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey,2 more than 63% of manufacturers report spending more than 2,000 hours per year complying with federal regulations, while more than 17% of manufacturers report spending more than 10,000 hours. That is time that cannot be spent on more productive activities, including delivering products to customers, and it expends resources that otherwise could go toward hiring, raises or capital investments.

The Outlook Survey demonstrates that there are clear consequences to burdening companies with higher compliance costs: “Concern about an unfavorable business climate was the highest in six years […] 65.0% of manufacturers would purchase more capital equipment if the regulatory burden on manufacturers decreased, with 46.9% increasing compensation, 43.2% hiring more workers, 40.1% investing in research and 38.1% expanding their U.S. facilities.”

The cost of complying with regulations can be enormous, particularly when it comes to regulations that impact hiring and retention. The most current data on the cost of regulations shows that the average U.S. company paid $9,991 per employee per year to comply with federal regulations, but the average manufacturer in the United States pays nearly double that amount: $19,564 per employee per year. Small manufacturers face an even higher and disproportionate regulatory cost of $34,671 per employee per year, which is more than three times the cost to the average U.S. company.3

Regulations create tremendous uncertainty, which can stall or even prevent manufacturers from growing their workforce, purchasing equipment, conducting research and development and investing in their communities. This puts manufacturers in the U.S. at a competitive disadvantage with countries such as China, threatening America’s global leadership. To ensure manufacturers remain competitive, we respectfully request that a senior-level adviser be designated to coordinate efforts within the White House to ensure that federal regulators are implementing policies that align with the president’s promise to promote the growth of manufacturing in America.

Our industry has been extraordinarily resilient in recent years, leading the country forward amid global upheaval. The federal regulatory barrage threatens our ability to continue growing and creating jobs and to compete on the global stage. Manufacturers are committed to commonsense legal and regulatory reforms that ensure public health and safety, and we look forward to continuing working with you to find solutions that foster sensible regulations that support manufacturers’ continued job creation and economic competitiveness. disproportionate regulatory cost of $34,671 per employee per year, which is more than three times the cost to the average U.S. company.3

1 See:

2 National Association of Manufacturers, NAM Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey, Second Quarter 2023, (June 2023), available at

3 Crain, W. M., and Crain, N. “The Cost of Federal Regulation to the U.S. Economy, Manufacturing and Small Business,” (September 2014), available at


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