Fresh off the second week of our 30 Million Jobs tour, the conversation about employment in America gets louder and bigger.  Later this week, we’re off to take the conversation direct to the “belly of the beast,” Washington, DC.  On Monday, Dylan had the chance to speak to one politician who is focusing specifically on bringing manufacturing jobs back home — Rep. Betty Sutton of Ohio’s 13th district has proposed what she calls an American Jobs First Initative.

With 27% of Americans are now reporting that they are either unemployed or underemployed.  Nearly half of Americans say they are struggling or suffering in the current economy.  As the 30 Million Jobs tour rolls on, the dialogue about the compelling need to reform taxes, trade, and banking to drive a culture of investment in this country has never been more crucial.

A rush transcript is available below.  Here’s the full interview:

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