September 28th, 2010
04:01 PM ET
12 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. Ramon

    Now we know where republicans stand on shipping jobs oversea.

    September 28, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Tina in NC

    Yet another no vote that proves exactly what side the repubs are own. How anyone could justify giving tax breaks that encourage companies to ship jobs oversea is beyond me. The middle class is quickly being destroyed while the republicans worry only about winning the next election. Sadly, many of same people who's jobs have gone overseas will vote for the repubs. Keep voting repub, but also keep in mind that not everyone will get a job at Walmart after no one has any money left to buy the cheap crap the guy who took your job in China made.

    September 28, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. Marty

    Who cares if it's good for the country? If it makes the Democrats look good, then block it, right?

    September 28, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. Abe

    It was a job killing bill like most from the Democratic party these days. It was just another tax on American corporations with foriegn subsidiaries to punish firms that relocate plants overseas. Thankfully the GOP stepped in to limit the increasing harm the Democrats can do before they are run out of town. The DNC wants to limit foriegn investment and the free flow of capital like we are a banana republic. Pathetic.

    September 28, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. Southern girl

    When will America wake up and realize the GOP is a party of the rich white man!

    September 28, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. GOP keeping the monarchy alive

    This is why I will never vote for the Republicans, they want an unregulated monarchy.

    September 28, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. jules sand-perkins

    Well, I say, "THANK GOD FOR THE GOP!"
    Obama, unions, and liberal makers of pencils cannot tell Americans how to run their businesses to make a profit: bring back capitalism, SHRINK GOVERNMENT, WEAKEN UNION INFLUENCE, REVIVE ASPIRATION TO AND ADMIRATION OF WEALTH, DUMP OBAMA AND FRIENDS, and our economy will be just fine, thank you.

    September 28, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. John

    Maybe if the Dems stop taxing that crap out of businesses here and the unions stop strangling the industrial coproprations then they wouldn't have to move oversees

    September 28, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. King

    THe more crazy the repug get the more people love them its amazing.

    September 28, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  10. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Where are the JOBS Republicans? You keep allowing U.S.-based multinational to sell-out their souls for a couple % of profit margins and their own personal selfish comp plans. Then you have the nerve to call this an election gimmick. Republicans you are a disgrace to America and owe us an APOLOGY not a PLEDGE.

    September 28, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. michaelam

    Really? Is this not enough evidence for the Tea swilling crowd to understand that your puppet masters do not give a rat's culo about you? This bill would have kept jobs this know, America?! My goodness! Please people, if you want our country to seriously collapse vote for the GOBP. If you want our country to move forward, recover, and progress in a postive, non-Dark Ages Democratic. Get these morons out of the way!

    September 28, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. Ryan

    It's sad to see that Republicans won't collaborate even to protect Americans. If they win, they will foster big money interests as they did for 8years before the downfall. No the two years under Bush don't count as there was the veto threat all the time. The congress and WH were deadlocked!

    September 28, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. gt

    this election is about jobs and taxes....every one needs to take notice ..

    September 28, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. 2020

    Fail him, discredit him and make sure he has nothing to show for – that's how we can win the mid term. Don’t worry, people have short memories and they only look at results. Ha ha, no results to show for, we will win.

    September 28, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  15. kakaraka

    I don't understand the republicans anymore. They vote against all common sense bills proposed by Dems and Prez Obama. This is hurting the country especially the middle class. They are just fighting for tax cut for companies that shift jobs overseas, and billionaires who deposit their tax cut money in foreign bank accounts. Vote them out people. They are not doing the jobs they are elected to do these republicans. GOP is a real party of NO. Even if they propose some idea and Dems propose bill for same ideas, they vote no against it just because it would make Obama succeed. They want Obama to fail at all cost. Vote GOP out, they are against the middle class America.

    September 28, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  16. Video Guy

    They are the party of NO. I wish the Senate Republicans would stop calling Rush, Sarah and Beck before the vote, They could save a lot of time by just call Rupert Murdoch.

    September 28, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  17. Cheney and Armey are a couple of Dicks

    Republicans are a true enemy to America. Anything that helps workers and creates jobs is a political ploy according to the party of big business. Republican slime will not be happy until every American worker is living in a cardboard box. Vote out the right wing crap in November.

    September 28, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. NANCY G

    Wow what a surprise from the GOP. Did you actually think they would do anything to benefit the middle class!!

    September 28, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. jim

    The democrats have proven they are incapable of doing anything to help in getting the economy improved. They have been in charge of Congress since 2006 and the presidency since 2008 and the economy is in the toilet.They talk about cutting taxes on the middle class but won't even bring it up before the election in Nov. Why is that?Perhaps they want it as an issue but don't really believe in what they say.

    September 28, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  20. kara

    And republicans are still going to vote for these people. It's a lock stepped march to personal destruction. And all just to avoid saying sorry for George W Bush.

    September 28, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Whether it is political ploy or not who cares? You have a Bill onthe Swenate that would KEEP JOBS from going overseas and the Rethugs are blocking it while simultaneously complaining about the lack of jobs here at home? This is one of the things the President said he would try to do, take away the incentives for these companies to continue to ship our American jobs overseas, and once again the Rethugs are trying to keep him from doing something that would help the job situation here at home.

    The true political ploy was evident from the beginning: it behooves the Rethugs to block ANY and EVERYthing that this adminstration does that would help the country and the economy as their goal is to see Obama fail AT ANY COST, including the country.

    A ploy is something that you give lipservice to, not something that you put up to a vote on the Senate floor. Please Rethugs, who do you think you're kidding? Your so-called rehashed pledge should've been named "Screw America".

    September 28, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  22. John B. From New Hampshire

    ok, dems, grow a spine and CALL THEM OUT!! you've been letting them get away with this for 2 years now! What the American public doesn't know they certainly cannot judge! spread the word about this before it's too late!! Once the public truly knows who is obstructing and why, the choice will become even more clear!!

    September 28, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. SED

    Just say "No" to everything and offer no solutions. "Let them eat cake". It's the Rep way!

    September 28, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. jan930

    If this doesn't show people how the republicans are nothing will. All our jobs has gone overseas and something has got to be done.

    September 28, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  25. Independent In Albany

    Once again the GOP goes against the middle class.....

    September 28, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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