A bill was introduced that would set up a $30 billion revolving fund to help auto parts makers and other manufacturers retool for clean energy markets or cut their energy costs, one of the sponsors, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said Wednesday.

The Investments for Manufacturing Progress and Clean Technology, or IMPACT, Act would be geared to help small and medium-size businesses with fewer than 500 workers, many of them in Ohio, he said.

''Ohio has the manufacturing base and skilled workers to become the Silicon Valley of clean energy manufacturing,'' said Brown, who is co-sponsoring the bill with Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. ''This bill will help our manufacturers retool, put our auto suppliers back to work, and place our state at the forefront of clean energy production.''

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