WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined Sens. Chris Murphy (D-CT), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) in introducing legislation to support U.S. manufacturing jobs by requiring the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to consider domestic employment as a factor when awarding federal contracts.

“American taxpayer dollars should be spent supporting the American economy,” Brown said. “Whether purchasing American flags, shoes for our service members, or awarding procurement contracts – the Federal government’s buying power can help strengthen U.S. manufacturing and benefit local economies. I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass this commonsense legislation that creates jobs, bolsters domestic manufacturing, and ensures the highest quality return on investment for taxpayers.”

In the past five years, DoD has spent more than $150 billion on manufactured products made by foreign workers. During this same period, the United States lost 1.7 million manufacturing jobs. By considering domestic employment as a factor in awarding contracts, the American Jobs Matter Act would provide DoD the necessary tools to ensure federal defense contracts support American manufacturing jobs.

Brown is a champion of American manufacturing. In December 2014, Brown’s bipartisan manufacturing jobs legislation that would create the first-ever national network of manufacturing hubs was signed into law by President Obama. The Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act (RAMI) will establish a National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) and create thousands of high-paying, high-tech manufacturing jobs while enhancing the United States’ role as the world’s leader in advanced manufacturing.  The legislation was supported by more than 150 companies, universities, and industry organizations. A full list is here.