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Donnelly Begins First State Tour As U.S. Senator

During a stop at ThyssenKrupp Presta in Terre Haute, Sen. Joe Donnelly says he is working to pass a bill that would allocate funds to job training.

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Sen. Joe Donnelly toured the Thyssenkrupp Presta plant in Terre Haute on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, as a part of his first statewide tour as a U.S. senator.

Sen. Joe Donnelly (R-Indiana) has embarked on a tour of businesses in the state as one of his first acts as Indiana’s junior senator.

One his stops Tuesday was ThyssenKrupp Presta, an auto parts manufacturing facility that employs close to 400 people.

Donnelly says the company is an example of a strong business but adds the government could help their recovery from the economic downturn by supplying a private sector with a trained workforce:

“What we’re going to do is continue to work on the same bill that I was working on in the House called the America Works Act and what it does is make sure that for education dollars that are used they go to training so that when companies all over Indiana look to hire, that people are ready to go on day one and be productive on day one,” he says.

Donnelly says in addition to job training, the federal government can also help by offering tax incentives to support research and development of companies like ThyssenKrupp that he says are leading a resurgence in American manufacturing.

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