WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren is launching her first tour of Michigan as a Democratic presidential candidate with a proposal to boost domestic manufacturing, including the creation of a Cabinet-level department charged with “creating and defending” American jobs.
The Department of Economic Development she would create would replace the Department of Commerce and consolidate several agencies. The senator from Massachusetts also is pledging to focus on promoting exports and require companies that get federal research money to keep related production in the U.S.
Warren would spend $20 billion on apprenticeship programs and invest $2 trillion in environmentally friendly manufacturing.
The measures are the latest in a series of ambitious policy proposals that have become a trademark of Warren’s campaign.
Warren is visiting Detroit and Lansing on Tuesday. She launched her campaign in February.