Warner, Wolf team up on jobs legislation

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) are teaming up to introduce a slate of legislation that they hope will help spur job-creation in Virginia and across the country. The two Virginians will unveil details on a media conference call Friday morning.

A release from Warner’s office said the pair “will work across the aisle and on both sides of Capitol Hill to push bipartisan legislation that encourages the creation of new manufacturing jobs here in America, strengthens worker training and industry certification programs, and expands U.S. exports.”

Wolf’s office offered more specifics about the agenda. It includes proposals to establish a federal grant and loan program to encourage repatriation of jobs, provide money for states to give loans to companies that create manufacturing jobs and help employers develop better area-specific job training and education programs.

The most recent Washington Post-ABC News poll showed that nine in 10 Americans view the economy in negative terms. A roughly equal proportion of Virginians felt the same way in a poll of the state released last month.

Both Warner and Wolf have a history of working across the aisle on some issues, but bipartisanship has been in short supply in the 112th Congress with control of theHouse and Senate divided. It’s not clear whether either man will be able to push their bills through their respective chambers.

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