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Cochran wants more details from White House

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has asked President Obama to provide Congress with greater details about his administration’s initiative to strengthen the manufacturing sector in the United States.

Cochran was among 11 senators who this week sent a letter to the President seeking more information about his plan, titled “A Framework for Revitalizing American Manufacturing.” In the correspondence, the lawmakers emphasized the importance of American manufacturing.

“Manufacturing in Mississippi has been hit by the current economic recession. The nation needs a more coordinated plan for maintaining and expanding the manufacturing capabilities that make this nation strong. Such a plan should also entail a close look at the rules and regulations that sometimes put our manufacturing sector at a disadvantage,” Cochran said.

Unveiled in December, the administration’s framework proposes multiple steps that could be taken to strengthen the U.S. manufacturing sector, including workforce training, tax credits and other initiatives.

In addition to Cochran, the letter was signed by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.).

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