October 29, 2013
The AFL-CIO applauds the Senate Democrats for pulling together this broad legislative package to support domestic manufacturing. This is an example of the results-oriented approach Congress should be taking to invest in growth and create jobs, rather than engaging in divisive ideological campaigns.
We strongly support many of the themes that run through these bills, including action on currency manipulation and evasion of import duties, measures to increase the reshoring of production, more resources for skills and training, improved access to capital, help for start-ups, and domestic content requirements for government purchases.
A revival of the manufacturing sector is a crucial element for restoring balance to our economy by creating middle-class jobs. The manufacturing sector fosters innovation and has large spillover effects, making it an engine that can pull the whole economy forward. This has to be a top-level goal if we are to put the economy back on track.
We look forward to working with the Senate to enact much of this legislation. The manufacturing sector in the United States has finally begun to heal, but we must create the conditions for a long-term recovery. A comprehensive approach like this one can move us a long way in that direction.