Sen. Sherrod Brown was one of a handful of senators picked to question President Barack Obama in a session the president held last week with Democratic senators.

The Ohioan zeroed in on Obama regarding how to aid Ohio manufacturers in the face of increasing competition from China and other countries on alternative-energy technology. Brown has proposed a $30 billion federal revolving loan fund to aid manufacturers.

"How do we -- when we read these articles in the paper that China is just exploding in terms of wind-turbine manufacturing and solar-panel manufacturing -- how do we rebuild our manufacturing sector with a manufacturing policy, combined with an energy policy, that gets us there?" Brown asked.

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