WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown on Wednesday introduced legislation aimed at speeding up the federal help communities get when faced with catastrophic job loss.

Brown, D-Ohio, crafted the legislation with input from community leaders in Wilmington, Ohio, who expect to see more than 8,000 jobs disappear when DHL withdraws from the U.S. market.

His bill would send a project manager from the federal government to hard-hit communities to quickly inform them about federal assistance available to them. It's modeled after a Department of Defense program that coordinates government and local communities when a base closes.

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