MIDDLETOWN - U.S. Senator Chris Murphy on Monday joined manufacturers from across Connecticut to celebrate reaching 100 “Murphy’s Monday Manufacturers,” the weekly website feature recognizing Connecticut manufacturers.
“Connecticut is home to thousands of incredible manufacturing companies and to an expertly skilled and devoted manufacturing workforce,” said Murphy. “I’m honored to fight on their behalf every single day, and I want all of Connecticut to know how lucky we are that they call our state home. I hope that my ‘Monday Manufacturer’ series brings well-deserved attention to these companies and their workers. Their hard work supports thousands of local families and is a bedrock of our economy.”
The website debuted the “Monday Manufacturer” feature in the fall of 2014.
Murphy said he has supported several initiatives to train the state’s advanced manufacturing workforce, reform laws to increase manufacturers’ exports and fight against unfair trade agreements.
As President Trump begins the first week of his presidency, Murphy on Monday unveiled a letter he’s sending to the president outlining five executive actions that his administration should take immediately to close loopholes in Buy American laws. Trump campaigned on increasing U.S. manufacturing jobs and boosting items made in America, Murphy said.
“I was heartened by your statement in your inaugural speech that your administration ‘would follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American,’” wrote Murphy. “Given your commitment to ensuring that taxpayer dollars buy American-made goods and hire American workers, I urge you to consider the following actions as soon as possible. Business owners and their employees expect that taxpayer dollars will prioritize domestically manufactured goods, and I believe the proposals laid out present an opportunity to fulfill your campaign commitment to do so and to help grow jobs in the United States.”
In his letter, Murphy called on Trump to take the following specific actions to ensure American taxpayer dollars are spent buying American-made goods, not goods made overseas:
n Appoint a Buy American government watchdog.
n Conduct a government-wide audit of purchases to ensure Buy American compliance.
n Require a “Jobs Impact Assessment” to factor in U.S. job creation when awarding government contracts.
n Crack down on excessive Buy American waivers.
n Create BuyAmerican.gov, a centralized government website to increase transparency.
Murphy said Connecticut’s 4,600 manufacturers account for 10 percent of the state’s jobs and 96 percent of the state’s total exports. Murphy has introduced two manufacturing and Buy American bills - the 21st Century Buy American Act and the American Jobs Matter Act - and plans to reintroduce the bills later this year.
The Senate recently passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act authored by Murphy that will strengthen existing standards and prioritize the purchase of American-manufactured goods.
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