Donnelly Visits DANA, Talks Debt

By Scott Sarvay
By Max Resnik

August 5, 2011 Updated Aug 5, 2011 at 6:18 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - U.S. Rep. Democrat Joe Donnelly (IN-02) toured DANA Corporation in Fort Wayne today.

The candidate for U.S. Senate came to DANA to promote American manufacturing. He also touted his America Works Act, which currently has bipartisan support.

Donnelly says DANA, which manufactures axles, driveshafts, transmissions and thermal management products, is a testament to the auto industry.

“It's a testament to what DANA has accomplished over the last few years in seeing our auto industry come back. We've built so many axels here for Jeeps and other vehicles that our goal, my goal, is to continue to see this industry grow here in Indiana.”

DANA recently announced a $3.5 million expansion that is estimated to save or create about 400 jobs.

Donnelly also talked about the nation’s debt crisis and recent debt ceiling increase. Donnelly says it is time for a more balanced and bipartisan approach to the debt crisis. He also says that without generating revenues, it remains unclear how the United States plans to pay off its debt.

“Companies like GE and Exxon Mobil pay zero in taxes right now. A family in Fort Wayne with two kids and a dad and a mom who work everyday, they're paying more in taxes than General Electric. That's not fair.”

Donnelly says the country will grow much stronger if everyone is willing to sacrifice.

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