September 28th, 2010
04:01 PM ET
10 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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  1. Four and The Door

    This only confirms what we already know about Democratic politicians.

    1. They are much more concerned about political gamesmanship than serving the public. and
    2. They are completely ignorant of the science of Economics. Either they don't know what it is all about or they just ignore it.

    We do not need 1. or 2. being the focus of our Federal government in 2010. We know how that turns out.

    September 28, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. MAhole

    Well, isn't that just like the Republicans – let US companies send ALL the jobs overseas. I guess you just can't fix STUPID.

    Wake up America – a vote for the Republicans is a vote against YOURSELF.

    September 28, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. 36 Days until Socialism dies in the United States

    No time to address tax rates that are going to sky rocket in a few months but the pathetic DemocRATS have time for Steven Colbert and this political chicanery?? THIS is what we get with a majority of DemocRATS in Congress and a DemocRATic President?! America, THROW OUT these clueless and dangerous DemocRATS in 36 days. The future of this country is counting on it.

    September 28, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. will

    When will we stop playing politics with people lives, its not about Democrats or Republicans it about the people. Everyone one needs to get intouch with reality seriously.

    September 28, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. CaliforniaBC

    This just adds more support to the Democrats' criticisms of the Republicans. The Republicans keep supporting outsourcing of American jobs. They were the first to give tax benefits to companies who created jobs in India and during this economy when we need jobs to stay HERE the REPUBLICANS choose big business over average Americans.

    I said it once, I'll say it again people....Republicans DO NOT DESERVE your vote!!

    September 28, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. jacyln

    i think this american job loss issue is skewed. our country was partially built by people from different countries. there are jobs to be had it might not b a glamorous job, it may not be in ur state but +heiR Are jobs. diversification could be the anSWER BUT I CAN TELL U THIS I DONT AGREE WITH CUSTOMER Service jobs goingoverseaS we buy their products they should train our people here

    September 28, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. Carol L

    That's a shame. GOP do not want to do anything to help the middle class. It is all about the rich for them.
    I will be tweeting this all over the net. To let the middle class know that the GOP do not have their best interest at heart.
    I guess they do not want our 90 percent vote

    September 28, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  8. Scott in Atlanta

    Dang Republicans. You'll scorch the entire earth if you can't have it to yourselves, huh? How can you so blantantly side with big business in this matter. Do you realize that because you've allowed most manufacturing to move over seas, that American produces very little now. We are now a society of consumers only. All you folks waiting to be rehired at your plants, you'll need to move to Mexico or India and learn a second language. Thanks you "conservatives"!

    September 28, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  9. dblzap

    Just more fodder for the dem's in november

    I am hoping for a real elephant hunt this time, perhaps then obama can do his job!

    September 28, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. Mike

    So a bill that would penalize corporations for sending jobs over seas has been shot down by the GOP. The bill would also give tax brakes to to corporations for bringing jobs to the United States. The rational is that it would weaken our competitive edge in the international marketplace by driving up the costs of what those corporations offer. WHO CARES ABOUT OUR PLACE IN INTERNATIONAL MARKETS! – There are people here who need jobs, food and shelter for their families. This is a clear sign as to what side the GOPs bread is buttered.

    September 28, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. Just me

    What no comments?

    This is kind of a big deal. Either Dems are making hay over nothing or Republicans are doing what they usually do and defending those with the deepest pockets. Either way it ain't good for the middle class. So let me understand. Tax cuts for the rich, great. But tax cuts for businesses, mostly owned by the rich, that hire employees here in America are bad... ok I'm lost. Which way to sanity, honesty and reason?

    September 28, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. katiec

    How any American can continue to support any republican is beyond me.
    They constantly prove they do not represent us but have undying love for Wall St, big business and the rich, willing to sacrifice us and our country.
    They have thrown all honor, integrity, responsibility to the wind and are a disgrace to our political system and our country.

    September 28, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  13. Jason

    Why in the world would they block a bill that would help to bring American jobs back into America?! This is just baffling. And then try to block tax breaks for small businesses. This is what the republican party stands for and if they were in power they would try to pass these exact bills.
    This is nothing more than the Republicans trying to prevent Democrats from getting a win and looking good. Even if the GOP screws America and American jobs in the process.

    September 28, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. Forgotten middle class

    According to the governments own stats outsourcing will cost 20mm jobs. Those that benefit can have their lobbies say that this is necessary but this will kill America. They are exporting the tax base while reducing wagws for those still employed and increasing unemployment while they give themselves evermore embarassing bonuses.

    September 28, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. Beverly - NYC

    Once again Republicans give lip service about helping Americans while standing in the way of progress. They want their fat cat donors to ship jobs overseas for low wages, no health insurance, and high profit margins, rather than pay an American worker a living wage. If you're unemployed, no one cares when a bill like this come up for passage. Election year or not if it's a bill that helps Americans, not just Republicans, it should be passed. The peoples business does not cease because ther are elections in a month.

    September 28, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "1. They are much more concerned about political gamesmanship than serving the public. and
    2. They are completely ignorant of the science of Economics. Either they don't know what it is all about or they just ignore it."

    Conclusory. Please provide some kind of factual and argumentative support for your conclusions. If it's a good bill, then #1 is baseless even if there was some political gamesmanship involved...because if it was a good bill, then the GOP should have just voted for it. As for #2, the "science of economics" is that if you have two options, getting taxed here in the US or avoiding tax by shipping jobs overseas, you ship jobs overseas. THAT statement 100% jives with the kind of rhetoric the GOP is spewing about the Bush tax cuts. You've provided absolutely nothing but a chest-puffing talking point for #2.

    September 28, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. AndrewsAFB

    Well what can I say, the party of no strikes again. So Republicans are taking the side of the corporations that send American jobs overseas, why am I not surprised. And yet there are those morons who will vote for them in November, against their best interests, against US jobs, and against common sense. Anyone who votes Republican in November is a traitor to this nations. It is apparent to me that Republicans/TeaParty want to destroy the US maybe even secede from the Union and create their ultra-consevative Shangri-La.

    September 28, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    There was no more or less political gamesmanship involved in the Dems bring this bill, which is a GOOD BILL, than there was in the GOP voting NO, again, on a good bill. Closing the loopholes and irradicating the actual tax incentives to ship jobs overseas is a MANDATORY part of any plan to stabilize and secure our economy. Whether or not the Dems were playing politics, THE BILL HAD MERIT, and therefore the greater evil was the GOP's refusal to even bother to consider it because they're too busy with their non-stop temper tantrum.

    September 28, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  19. frantz stanley

    It's time to smell the coffee .america export more then 8 million jobs in the past 3 years .cut the tax break ,increase import tax on them.invited other company to come in whit no tax for 10 years.send them bankrup for ever

    September 28, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. Carol L

    I am happy to see people are fired up about this. Now take that same anger and vote the GOP out. The middle class have a large majority. Let's use our power of numbers in Nov. to show who is really running this show and that is the Middle Class Americans.

    September 28, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. Kevin M.

    Watch your headlines guys! This sounds like a FOX news story, "The Republican's are saving America from the Dem's Job-Outsourcing bill! They took our jobs!"

    Should be, "GOP Blocks Democrats' anti-outsourcing bill".

    September 28, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    BTW, this is precisely why Jim DeMint has notified the Senate that he will be placing a "hold" on EVERYTHING at the end of today (i.e., threatening to filibuster anything else) and perhaps for the entire time period until swearing in of the new members in January. He recognizes just how embarassing it is for the GOP to have to vote against things it KNOWS are good bills and beneficial to our people just because they cannot in any way shape or form allow the Dems to have any success...even if it means we all suffer for it...and hey, why not...they'll just blame the continued suffering on the Dems anyway.

    September 28, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  23. AndrewsAFB

    So this is the Republican Contract with America, this is their great plan to fix the economy, SHIP MORE JOBS OVERSEAS, PROTECT THE CORPORATIONS AT THE EXPENSE OF AMERICAN WORKERS AND THE ECONOMY, AND BASICALLY DRIVE THE LAST NAIL IN THE AMERICAN WORKERS COFFIN.

    September 28, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  24. jim

    Republican want an American society where everyone is in management and above. All else can go to work for McDonald's or Walmart, if they're lucky.

    Republicans can go to HELL !!!!!!!!!!

    September 28, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    @ Kevin M.

    Believe me...they watched that headline very carefully and chose it to sound as it does on purpose. They're more afrid of the accusations that they are part of the "liberal media conspiracy" than they are an accusation that they reprinted a baseless lie without a single critical thought or any research to factcheck it.

    September 28, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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