HOUSE GOP SHOOTS DOWN LARSON AMENDMENT TO AID U.S. MANUFACTURERS
WASHINGTON, D.C.- An amendment offered by U.S. Congressman John B. Larson (CT-1) that would have revamped the current Technology Administration to focus on the needs of manufacturers and create a new Undersecretary position within the U.S. Department of Commerce, was voted down today by House Republicans.
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"If the Republican Leadership put as much energy into passing legislation to aid manufacturers as they do in choking the democratic process in the House, perhaps the manufacturing sector would not be in such dire straits today," said Larson. "My amendment was supported by a broad coalition of both business and labor leaders throughout the state including the Manufacturing Alliance of Connecticut and the machinists union, yet the Republican Majority refused to support it. American manufacturers have been hit hard in recent years by stiff foreign competition and declining research and development funding and wanted a high-level point of contact in federal government to coordinate support during these difficult times. The failure of this amendment stopped that effort in its tracks, and the Majority Leadership has again failed American manufacturers and workers. It is unfortunate that efforts to create jobs and help our economy were made partisan."