Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) "joined a bipartisan group of nine U.S. Senators to send a letter today to President Barack Obama urging the adoption of a national manufacturing policy," according to a press release from his office.
"The loss of manufacturing plants and jobs has stifled economic opportunity for middle class families and compromised our ability to compete in the 21st century economy," the senators wrote. "We are convinced that the recovery and long-term health of our economy depend on a strong, competitive U.S. industrial manufacturing base," the Senators wrote.
The senators also expressed support for the basic approach laid out in the Obama Administration's "A Framework for Revitalizing American Manufacturing."
"We need a multi-industry strategy to propel job and economic growth, one that deploys federal resources and private-public partnerships to promote emerging manufacturing opportunities," the senators continued. Elements of an integrated policy strategy include "developing a highly skilled and productive workforce, investing in new and emerging technologies, ensuring stable capital markets, providing support for communities in transition, strengthening infrastructure, improving market access for U.S. exports, and fostering entrepreneurial talent."
The letter "was also signed by Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Jack Reed (D-RI), Carl Levin (D-MI), Bob Casey (D-PA), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)." full art here