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McCaskill Seeks to Expand Manufacturing Jobs in Missouri

Senator backs legislation to expand opportunities in the agriculture industry

March 23, 2012

WASHINGTON - Missouri's manufacturers provide crucial jobs across the state, and U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is fighting to ensure they have the resources they need to further expand production and job opportunities.   

McCaskill is backing the Grow it Here, Make it Here Biobased Manufacturing Act to promote bio-based manufacturing in America. The legislation, if passed, will strengthen several Farm Bill programs and aid in expanding job opportunities within the bio-based manufacturing industry.

"Missouri's manufacturers continue to produce world-class products," McCaskill said. "We must ensure they're able to create jobs and grow their businesses by allowing them to more easily develop new products for national and global markets."

An increasing number of bio-based products ranging from cleaning supplies to building materials are being made in America. The measure will expand programs - including the Biobased Market Program, Biorefinery Assistance Program, and the Biomass Research and Development Initiative-without adding to the national deficit.

Additionally, McCaskill cosponsored several bipartisan amendments last week as part of the bipartisan highway jobs bill to help Missouri's agricultural industry better manage current rules in place and to exempt it from regulations that have been problematic for production and transportation of important goods.

Last year, as part of a Missouri Manufacturing Jobs Tour, McCaskill heard from several companies in a variety of industries about the need for less regulation and more support in helping them create more jobs.

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