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. truth+truth

    Republicans care not about jobs going overseas. Increasing the profits of corporations that put big money into their campaigns is their whole goal. In fact, when I see a republican strutting around with a U.S. flag pin the size of an oak leaf pinned to his/her lapel and yapping about American jobs, I get SICK, because it is SICKENING to hear!

    September 28, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  2. a in austin

    Do your homework. The US Chamber of Commerce is really fighting this bill. They do not want jobs to stay in the US. Ask your reps/senators for a list of all the jobs that have been outsourced over the last 10 years. Interesting items heard during the hearing yesterday...18,467 US businesses share the same address at one house in the Cayman Islands. We currently have a $299 billion trade deficit with China. We imported 457,000 cars from S. Korea and in turn, were only able to send them 6500. Where's the fairness? BRING THE JOBS HOME! LET MIDDLE CLASS CITIZENS REGAIN THEIR JOBS AND THEIR DIGINITY.

    September 28, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  3. emmett brown

    Like I said last week keep going with the Rep's, they will have all of us broke shortly.. Must have been a nice check the Rep's received for blocking this bill. Corporate greed and Rep's go hand in hand, I work for a Corparate Company and I see it every day. Now we know why they are against the Healthcare Bill, the checks stop coming......

    September 28, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. Really?

    So the Republicans voted against this bill that would most likely create jobs HERE IN THE U.S. because the Democrats are doing this as a political ploy? Someone tell me how is a plan to create jobs here bad. How is "oh, they are simply expanding their clientele" going to create jobs here in the U.S.? The Dems are finally growing a spine on the whole job-creating thing, but the Repubs are still whining that the Dems can't create jobs? Really, there is no way this doesn't make the Republicans seem on the side of big corporations that like to send jobs OUTSIDE OF THE U.S. all for the sake of increasing their profits. People who support Republicans are saying "they will create jobs, for sure", but apparently they don't care about them opposing a bill like this, because Democrats are all bad. I'm most likely missing something about this bill, but the way I see it, the Democrats were finally getting guts to stand up to the bully Republicans, but it didn't work for them.
    It's reasons like these that I just don't care anymore -_-

    September 28, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  5. TMV31

    Republicans are playing games and they don't care that it's hurting the people in America. I don't understand how they can sleep at night knowing they're destroying lives with their childish behaviors...well, game is up and it's time to get rid of those republicans that want to play with our lives and send them packing to a playground...America does not deserve this, we deserve better!

    September 28, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. Annie, Atlanta

    So does this mean that Republicans are for shipping our jobs overseas? Apparently. But that's a silly question, the answer of which has been obvious for years. It was under their 12 year reign that this became our new reality. And there are people out there who still vote for them (other than the rich folks who benefit) why?

    September 28, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. terry, va

    If it fell 7 votes short, how did the Repubs block it?

    September 28, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. Annie, Atlanta

    Sniffit, very true. I'm wondering why we continue to pay Republicans for doing nothing? At six figure salaries, over a two year period, that's a lot of money we could actually put to use in ways that would actually benefit Americans.

    September 28, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  9. bulltrout

    You have to ask yourself what creates the climate which makes it so advantageous to move jobs overseas. It is our tax system, which needs to be completely revamped, using the FAIR TAX as a model to make the US the biggest tax haven for companies in the world, and reward saving and investing.

    September 28, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  10. DC

    Republicans are intentionally voting to hurt America & its economy, because the more we are and stay down, the more they can exploit the voter anger to re-gain power. For Republicans, it is about gaining power, even at the expense of America's economy and hardships endured by the people. Look at this vote & others like it. It's true.

    September 28, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  11. emmett brown

    The Rep's yell about create jobs, should we all move overseas. At this rate the Rep's would have us all working at the Post Office while the Corporate hire overseas and collect fat checks. You should not be able to collect US dollars and receive tax breaks for workers hired outside the US, are you Rep's really down for this. Sad day for America.....

    September 28, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. enough already

    Let's not forget who created the giant sucking sound – Bill Clinton when he signed NAFTA.

    September 28, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. Daisy

    Thse people do not know what they are taliking about. Not all republicans white and rich. I am the prove. Vote for Republican for your future!!!

    September 28, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  14. Irma in North Carolina

    America must have some of worst shameful politics, the republican gang. This just a shame what they are doing to the country. There surely has to be some way to stop them. Lets hope when the election comes that their are enough decent americans to vote them out and not let them them control the country. Hopefully the guy up above will take care of this matter and also take care of fox news, where they can no more report any thing that has to do with politics. He looked out for us in the last election by not letting Sarah get in the white house. I am sure he will not let us down this time.

    September 28, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  15. mom2boys

    I love all of you people screaming about taxes that are about to increase...are you really that blinded by political ideology? The tax cuts initiated by Bush were MEANT to expire because they knew that they wouldn't be sustainable in the long term but all you politically pure rethuglicans and teabaggers have to offer is...raising taxes...raising taxes....please! Get educated from something other than Faux Noise!

    September 28, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans so-called "pledge to America" was written only to replace the Bible that they placed their hand upon when they took office swearing to filfill and uphold their duties to ALL Americans. They have lied with their hands on the Bible and then go around touting their religion.

    September 28, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  17. Eric

    People, we've found over the last 70 years that government intervention usually leads to horrendous unintended consequences. Just because the bill is sold, titled and touted as "anti-outsourcing" doesn't mean it will ever do what's its supposed to do, and will likely cause a tremendous amount of economic damage in the process.

    Imagine what you could do if you had your whole paycheck to invest for your retirement... if YOU were in control of it, you wouldn't have the government annexing it to spend to buy votes... which is what has happened since the dawn of Ponzi-Security.

    September 28, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  18. coy4one

    BIG MISTAKE REPUBLICANS!!! This is a good one for Democrats to hit on during this election. I work for a company who sends jobs overseas and I can assure you that this is an issue that will continue to be a priority on many American's lists. You can't solve the unemployment issue by sending work elsewhere. These are not jobs that people do not want. These are jobs that people went to school or achieved certifications for. Now they are being sent to foreign countries, ONLY FOR THE SAKE OF MAKING THE BOTTOM LINE LOOK BETTER! SHAME ON THE GOP FOR IGNORING MAIN STREET!!!!

    September 28, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  19. Connie

    Hard for the Republicans to hide their real position on this one, isn't it? How American is it for them to want this administration and country to fail?

    September 28, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. L.P

    I see several posts about the Dems killing jobs with this bill. It sure doesn't seem like it, it seems like they were trying to eliminate the rewards for sending jobs out of the country. It will be hard to explain to someone that Dems are against capitalism and free flow of business or whatever to the guy standing in the unemployment line. Even if they only did it for a political show, a yes vote by the GOP would have allowed it to pass. Sounds as if the GOP isn't all that interested in the working class American after all.

    September 28, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  21. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Once again the republican tea party is worried about the Democrats passing something that would be good for the middle class and country. Their paymasters at the banks and Wall Street are very pleased I am sure.

    September 28, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  22. Alex

    Just wanna point out to jules sand-perkins that every republican president has exapnded the government since Reagan

    September 28, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  23. Ivan Bial

    if it's to help big business the Republican are for it..
    The rich get richer and the poor get poorer, that's the Republican way

    September 28, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  24. John

    The REPUBLICAN don't care were are jobs go oversea just if they can help big business. If the AMERICA PEOPLE vote for REPUBLICAN in NOV we won't have any jobs here,you will have too go to CHINA or MEXICO because they don't pay worker anything. So you better VOTE NO in NOV for the PARTY OF NO. WAKE UP AMERICA be for we don't have any jobs left.

    September 28, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  25. Right Leaning Independent

    The Repubs and Tea Partiers will decide what they want passed after November! Dems failed to negotiate in good faith for the past 18 months so too bad if you do not like the politics today!! You reap what you sow....

    September 28, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
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