September 28th, 2010
04:01 PM ET
4 years ago

GOP blocks Democrats' jobs outsourcing bill

Washington (CNN) – Senate Republicans successfully blocked a bill from coming to the Senate floor Tuesday that Democrats claim would help keep American jobs from going overseas.

Republicans call it nothing more than a pre-election political ploy.

The Democratic bill would have ended certain tax breaks for companies expanding overseas while giving new tax incentives to businesses bringing jobs home.


Democratic sources tell CNN they knew all along this measure would not make it very far. That was beside the point.

The point, Democratic strategists candidly admit, was to use the last few days of the congressional session before the election to try to highlight one of the few jobs-related issues Democrats feel they may be able to use against Republicans: outsourcing.

"No question people are angry at Democrats because the economy is bad and we are in charge," Democratic pollster Mark Mellman said.

"People are even more angry about jobs going overseas than they are about the absence of jobs as they look around their communities. So we're trying to focus that anger."

Mellman has done polling on outsourcing, and advised congressional Democrats to push it as political issue, calling it one of the most "potent" issues Democrats have to work with.

"It's a bright line. It's not enough to change the whole political climate. (But) is it enough win some seats somewhere? I think the answer is yes," he said.

Democrats across the country have already been hammering Republicans for sending jobs overseas - both on the campaign trail and in television ads.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D- California, is airing an ad against her opponent, former Hewlett-Packard Chief Carly Fiorina, saying she "shipped jobs to China while Californians lost their jobs."

In Ohio, Democratic Senate candidate Lee Fisher ran ad against former congressman and U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman, saying, "Congressman Portman knows how to grow the economy - in China. He voted for millions in tax breaks that exported jobs."

Rep. Paul Kanjorksi, D-Pennsylvania, claims in one of his ads to be "on the side of working families" while his opponent "favors tax breaks that ship jobs overseas."

Those are just a few examples of many similar advertisements and arguments Democratic candidates are using against GOP opponents.

Democratic congressional aides say they hope by trying to force this vote in the Senate, and a series of similar measures in the House, it will give them even more ammunition for that message.

Republicans say they disagree that these measures will keep jobs in America and are lashing out at Democrats for holding last minute political votes.

"Now, in the last three days of the session they decided they can pretend to be concerned. This is nothing short of patronizing," argued Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.

"This is about as pure a political exercise as you can get. And in my view it is an insult to the millions of Americans who want us to focus on jobs."

Are Democrats concerned that pushing such transparently politically votes just before the election could backfire?

Mellman, the Democratic pollster, says they shouldn't be.

"I don't think anyone is shocked about politics going on in the Congress of the United States," he said.

"Democrats are trying to bring [this issue] to a head. Republicans can vote for this and the issue would be gone."


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soundoff (150 Responses)
  1. Shame on Republican obstructionists

    Up is down. Black is white. Let's jump in the rabbit hole with these crazy, self-serving, stay in power at any cost.

    Has anyone else noticed that ANYTHING that the Democrats want to put forward to help John Q. Public is decried as a "politcal ploy" by the obstructionists? What then, Sirs, are you doing while you are at work? Are you not a politician? Before you just jump lockstep with the rest of the party, please ask yourself, "will voting for this help the people we represent?"

    How dare you block everything and then blame Obama FOR everything that is not done. Yup, got a lot of nerve, you silly, non-productive guys.

    September 28, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  2. William

    More smoke screens and lies from the Democratic leadershio and the idot drones buy it. Limiting a corporations ability to do business puts US firms at a competitive disadvantage but political gamesmanship and wasteful spending is all the Democrats desire.

    September 28, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  3. Shame on Republican obstructionists

    Up is down. Black is white. Let's jump in the rabbit hole with these crazy, self-serving, stay in power at any cost Neanderthals.

    Sorry, I forgot to include the word that best describes the direction the minority party want to take us.

    September 28, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  4. GL

    I am happy to see so many people fired up, but the real test will be on election day. GET OUT IN VOTE the GOBP out for good.

    September 28, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  5. Seraphim0

    Abe-

    Did you completely miss the part where it gave tax incentives to those who kept jobs here and taxed those that outsourced? How is that 'just another tax on businesses?' It's incentive to spur economic growth in the US instead of some other country. How, again, is this bad for the US?

    September 28, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  6. Tulsa

    So it's TRUE! Republicans hate America and more on point, Americans with JOBS.
    and Abe, are you that stupid? Job KILLING bill? REALLY?!?!?!
    How does rewarding corporations for shipping jobs overseas keep jobs here? Create new jobs HERE?!?!?! Answer ABE!
    Republican shill.

    September 28, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  7. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    The ugly GOBP strikes again! As a member of the middle class, all I can say is, "If you're not for us,then you're obviously against us." THAT MUST BE REMEMBERED ON ELECTION DAY!!!!

    September 28, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  8. bbrooker

    I cannot believe I once identified myself as a Republican. It's shocking to see what the GOP has become– what a bunch of anti-American jerks.

    September 28, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. TruePatriot

    THAT IS IT. Republicans are traitors. I will never vote for them again. They support communist China more than they support the US.

    September 28, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  10. John Brown

    This is the real color of Republican Tea Party a.k.a RPT. They are the party of special interest. They are not for America. They got paid every month just to block everything. Every single proposal is not good for them. Every single bill is not right for them. Even it is the proposal they had proposed. They dont care about American. Their vote are in the pocket of Special interest like Koch Inc and Murdoch Inc.

    I stop watching FOX news because they spread LIE after LIE. I stop reading wall street journal because they own by Murdoch. I stop buying all the products Koch Industries make because portion of the sales will go to support Republican Tea party. These are the products under their brands: Angel Soft toilet paper, Brawny paper towels, Dixie plates, bowls,
    napkins and cups, Mardi Gras napkins and towels, Quilted Northern toilet paper, Soft 'n Gentle toilet paper, Sparkle napkins, Vanity Fair napkins, Zee napkins.

    Dont let them taking over this country. Dont vote for Republican. Dont let them run this country. 8 years of misery is more than enough.

    Dont let them steer this country.

    We are the super poor of American. We need to have our voice to be heard not just here but around the world. We are the machine of this country. This is the slavery of the super poor.

    Enough with Republican Tea Party!!!

    September 28, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  11. Brandy

    What is wrong with the Senate Republicans. They are only hurting Americas by allowing jobs to go overseas.

    September 28, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  12. smg71

    Ok so I've sumitted two reponses to this and they've been rejected so here's the simple view:
    1. You can't have both tax breaks and a loss of jobs to the tax base. We simply can't afford it.
    2. When 90 percent of your workforce is overseas and 70 percent of your business is here in the US, you are an importer, not an American Based Company
    3. Just close down the two tax loopholes that are allowing outsourcing and we should be good. You don't need to rewrite the bill to protect anyone. You want to expand your business overseas so you are producing overseas, that's fine, won't affect you anyway. Your goods will never cross US borders so you won't be subject to the appropriate taxes and tariffs for an importer. Otherwise you are an importer and need to pay the taxes. EVEN PLAYING FIELD.

    September 28, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  13. Pdten

    I believe that the extreme greed of capitalism will continue to destroy our middle class unless we begin to embrace our working class Americans. Outsourcing needs to be more closely regulated. In the meantime, I am certain the GOP will re-introduce a modified bill if they take control of Congress in November. They will just change the name and content of the bill and then take ALL the credit. Like I said, greed.....

    September 28, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  14. ABM

    What the heck are the Republicants in office to do? They vote against EVERYTHING the Dems and the People of the country want. I have seen way too many jobs go overseas personally and I was laid off too when the economy when down the tubes. This just makes me sick.

    To the companies that do the right thing – thanks. To the companies who outsource or hire consultants instead or ready & able citizens - shame on you.

    September 28, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  15. jillib

    "Senate Republicans successfully blocked a bill from coming to the Senate floor Tuesday that Democrats claim would help keep American jobs from going overseas."

    Phony fricking republicans. Listening to Americans, huh? Seems to me preventing outsourcing and the shipping of jobs overseas was one of the highest ranked suggestions on their America Speaks (we don't listen) website. They have claimed to be champions for small business, but voted against 8 tax cuts for small businesses. They're now also preventing the bp oil spill commission from getting subpoena power. Tells you a lot about the gop and whose interests they're working for. If it wasn't so pathetic, it'd be funny. Problem is, it's our futures they're playing childish games with, and I, as a voter, don't appreciate it and will express my discontent in the voting booth. America first, right gop?

    September 28, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  16. Moderate Sean

    Big business vs. the "Little Man". We know who wins that battle, now don't we?....Big business, how pathetic!

    September 28, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  17. Democracy NOT = free market capitalism

    Tea party republicans VOTE FOR corporations shipping jobs overseas AND to receive taxpayer money and subsidies to do so!!!............Tea party republicans love free trade and free markets and Americans are paying for this failed policy with our jobs and our money

    September 28, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  18. Marry

    Well, now, don’t be so hard on the GOP. They do have their agenda, you know. And that is for the President to fail. On that they have done a great job simply with NO and HELL NO! If this means to go against the American people, well, a little collateral damage on the way to power to serve multinational corporations, and 2% of the population has never really been noticed by “Right” “angry” “want our country back” “ listen to the people” voters. If more of them where better informed, more responsible, and smart, the GOP and something like the “TP” would not have a leg to stand on.
    The Democrats are the ones to get mad at! They let the GOP get away with everything! Excuse me, but with so much good work and so much accomplished, they would have every reason to stand on that record, be proud and campaign with it! If you cannot argue with what has been done, against those one-liners of the “conservative right”, then perhaps you got no guts and are too lazy to state your case!

    September 28, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  19. Orlando Patriot

    I'll bet there is not ONE person in this forum who supported this "bill" who actually OWN or RUN a company. I will also bet that all you unintelligent people who scream "Party of No" or call this a "jobs killing bill" have never taken (or passed) and Economics course. I teach Economics and would LOVE to debate you on the merits of this bill and ask you to explain to me the economic theory on WHY this bill would accomplish ANYTHING!!

    This is "class warfare" at its finest and telling American countries to pay their employees more and to hire U.S. workers that will make them LESS competitive (don't let this little "tax credit" fool you – it is not enough). So the end result is we have a U.S. company FINALLY give up trying to run their country from the U.S. and set up in Europe or Asia (like Singapore). End result is the U.S. would lose the income tax revenue from this company. Those who support this bill have NO IDEA how an economy works and these bills are nothing but "feel good" bills but you have no concept of the damage it causes. Take an Economics course then you and me will debate the facts and the end result. I will have you in tears before you even know it. Just TRY to debate this topic with your "Party of No" ignorance.

    September 28, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  20. Democracy NOT = free market capitalism

    is it corporate socialism when the republicans redistribute tax payer money to corporations as subsidies as the corporations move manufacturing overseas?........the republicans are patsies in the international market...... China loves the republicans

    September 28, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  21. ronnospam

    Could somebody explain why I would want to elect representatives who would give tax breaks to companies to lay off Americans? This is the GOP's big fix for the unemployment crisis? I do not see the sense of blocking this measure.

    Shame on the GOP!!!

    September 28, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  22. I know

    How can you people say this was about jobs. Why was it last second, why wasn't it put out there a long time ago and debated. This was a joke. It is amazing how everyone says one thing and do not know the first thing about economics. Blame the republicans and the Tea Party for everything. Your president and government failed you. You had the house and the senate and you balme the republicans. Maybe you should look at your own party and see who voted against you. At least a few democrats understand how the economy works.

    September 28, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  23. DA

    This is exactly why the Republicans should not be elected to any office!! They vote no on bills that will help the Country!!! The Democrats that are up for mid-term election need to use this and other incidents in their campaigns!!!

    September 28, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  24. independent

    I love these folks who claim things like, "just another Dem tax on businesses." The GAO says that the vast majority of business pay no taxes. I five year study showed that 75% paid no taxes. The Dems must not be doing a very good job taxing them if only 25% are paying taxes.

    September 28, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  25. Dean

    I would like to know what else was in the bill before making judgement. CNN regularly leaves out details in their so called "news reporting". One thing I do know is that when GM advanced towards profitability because of taxpayer bailouts and operating under Obama's management team, they responded by building more cars in Canada

    September 28, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
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