Ohio Sen. Brown responds to State of the Union

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Ohio Sen. Brown responds to State of the Union

Dayton Daily News – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) released the following statement tonight following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address:

“Tonight’s State of the Union address gave manufacturing the attention it deserves,” Brown said. “Manufacturing is the backbone of our economy, providing good-paying jobs and helping to lead our economic recovery. The auto rescue was not only critical to the Big Three, but to thousands of auto parts suppliers in Ohio. The next step is a national manufacturing strategy that enforces trade law, encourages clean energy innovation, and trains workers for emerging industries. Tonight’s speech helped lay the blueprint for a national manufacturing agenda that Democrats and Republicans can unite behind.”

Last year, Brown expressed dissatisfaction that the 2011 State of the Union Address didn’t focus enough on manufacturing. Brown called for a “real strategy” on manufacturing, and introduced The National Manufacturing Strategy Act of 2011. This bipartisan legislation, introduced with Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL), would require the Commerce Secretary to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the nation’s manufacturing sector and submit to Congress a National Manufacturing Strategy.

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