To get the Senate back to work, turn to manufacturing

May 10, 2015

On November 5, 2014, the then-incoming Majority Leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), spoke at a victorious press conference in Louisville and said that with Republicans in control of the Senate, “we’re going to pass legislation,” and that “this gridlock and dysfunction can be ended.”

Sure enough, with a party in the minority that prioritizes progress and compromise over obstruction, the Senate has passed bipartisan legislation to start off this Congress. From passing a 10-year “doc fix” and legislation to combat human trafficking to promising, bipartisan efforts at the committee level to fix “No Child Left Behind” and ensure Congress has a role in reviewing a potential nuclear deal with Iran, the Senate is showing signs of life.

However, as we pick the last of the low-hanging legislative fruit and inch closer to the elections of 2016, continuing this bipartisan momentum will not be easy. Fortunately, there is one issue – with dozens of related bills – that remains ripe for bipartisanship: manufacturing.

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