With jobs and the economy on the minds of most voters this year, the ad touches on two themes that Congressman has highlighted throughout his current campaign, his willingness to work in a bi-partisan manner and his efforts in creating/preserving jobs in the state.
Congressman Chris Murphy (CT-5) released his second ad of the 2010 campaign cycle about his work to pass strong Buy American laws in order to protect and create manufacturing jobs in Connecticut. The ad features John Barto, President of Ansonia Copper & Brass of Waterbury. Murphy has been working to help his firm gain federal contracts to keep the factory, which makes copper tubing for the U.S. Navy and others, in business.
Murphy's Buy American Ideas Included in Defense Bill
After learning from Barto and other manufacturers in the Fifth District that federal contracts were going overseas instead of putting Americans to work in domestic manufacturing, Murphy took action.
In May, the House of Representatives approved Murphy amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 to keep jobs here in the U.S. by requiring the Department of Defense (DoD) to solicit bids from domestic suppliers when awarding contracts, and by forcing the DoD to consider the impact of their purchasing decisions on American jobs when awarding contracts. With these amendments, the bill will lead to priority being given to U.S. firms when they bid on federal contracts.
Working with Republicans and Democrats on Buy American Laws to Boost Jobs
This year, Murphy started up the first Buy American Caucus in Congress with Republican Walter Jones of North Carolina, as the loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs affects people of all political stripes across the country. Murphy and Jones are pushing legislative efforts to update the Buy American Act, which governs federal procurement. Members of the Buy American Caucus are working together to achieve bipartisan consensus to strengthen those laws and boost manufacturing job creation in Connecticut and across the country.