WASHINGTON, D.C. — In advance of Wednesday's Commerce Committee hearing on manufacturing, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) held a news conference by phone to urge passage of a bill which he believes will establish a Network for Manufacturing Innovation to once again position the United States as the global leader in advanced manufacturing.

The bill, introduced with U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), would ensure that the U.S. can out-innovate the rest of the world while creating thousands of high-paying, high-tech manufacturing jobs. Brown previously worked with Blunt to pass an amendment to the Senate budget for fiscal year 2014 aimed at supporting the creation of a network of manufacturing innovation hubs.

“This is about providing the manufacturing infrastructure in this country to retain our competitive edge," Brown said on a conference call with reporters Wednesday afternoon. "Our bipartisan bill would also ensure that American workers, universities, and large and small manufacturers can out-compete and out-innovate the rest of the world.

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