Murphy seeks change in trade bill to boost manufacturing

- FILE - U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn) (WTNH)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy says federal trade legislation must include a provision supporting U.S. manufacturing.

The Connecticut Democrat has offered an amendment to “fast track” legislation prohibiting federal agencies from waiving requirements that goods purchased be manufactured in the U.S. if an American company could produce the same item at a competitive price, or if the waiver would cause a U.S. company to close.

The loss of manufacturing jobs in Connecticut is a sharp political issue, with a nearly 50 percent drop since 1990.

Murphy opposes the trade legislation. It’s a priority of President Barack Obama who wants authority to send trade agreements to Congress for up-or-down votes without amendments.

Murphy says the Department of Defense granted 1,173 waivers in 2013 and as much as $475 million for items manufactured overseas.

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