A group of senators is pressing President Obama to adopt a "manufacturing policy," evidence of increasing anxiety among a wide range of lawmakers about the United States' competitive position in the global economy.

"The loss of manufacturing plants and jobs has stifled economic opportunity for middle class families and compromised our ability to compete in the 21st century economy," a group of 11 senators, led by Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Christopher Dodd (D-CT), wrote in a letter Monday to President Obama.

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