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. Colorado Liberal

    Well done, Democrats! Thanks for showing us once more that the GOP is a coven of traitors.

    Corporate America and its GOP thugs are the ultimate enemies of the American people.

    September 28, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  2. Eric

    If I handed you a polished turd and told you it was "healthy" and "good for you" and if you eat it it would make you look like _________ (fill in blank with any beautiful celebrity), would you swallow it?

    Just because the label says "anti-outsourcing" doesn't mean it will actually do what it says... and yes, it is another pathetic hail mary pass for the boat anchor party. Go a head dems, keep rearranging the deck chairs... that just might change the Titanic defeat you're facing in November.

    September 28, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. Republicans is smart in the head area

    Gotta love people like Abe who feel that a bill to prevent American jobs from going overseas is somehow a "jobkiller". None of the Teabaggers have a lick of sense in their head.

    September 28, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. Greg

    I love these response; Yay GOP, kill the unions, shrink government, blah, blah blah. In a sick way I hope it happens and when your asses are making 30 cents a day like Indian and Chinese workers, will you be celebrating? Or, better yet, what if China decides to reduce trade with us? Unemployment will sky rocket to 40%.

    September 28, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  5. keith

    You wonder why we have a lower standard of living now. The republicans are anti american.

    September 28, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    This is one we had BETTER see coming from the GOP after the election. If not, then their time in control may be quite SHORT!

    September 28, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. Steve in North Carolina

    Another tax increase bill isn't going to help anything. This is pure political posturing. They need to pass bill to cut taxes so people and businesses can keep more of their own money and reinvest it in the economy, NOT THE GOVERNMENT! It is private industry hurting for jobs right now. Of course the government might have to reign in spending if they cut taxes, so these politicians are not going to have any of that.

    September 28, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. Brownstain

    to saving the middle class

    September 28, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  9. cantbeliev thehype

    unbelievable!....people actually vote republican....will one supporter tell me what has the GOP accomplished for you in the past two thing. plz enlighten me...go ahead

    September 28, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  10. ec

    Does anybody even know what was in the bill? The reporter definitely did not share any content of the bill in the article? Apparently everyone who has made comments read it and is making a valid case?

    September 28, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  11. Doc

    The tax break that allows corporations to outsource jobs is a double hit to the national debt. Not only are we basically giving them money to outsource the job but by doing so we outsource the tax revenue that American workers generated in those jobs. No jobs = no taxes thus starving the Federal Gov't of even more money in a fiscally bleak time making all spending by the Democrats look outrageous.

    September 28, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. lil

    Now you see whose side the republicans are really on and its sure not Americas middle class and poor.
    People you should beware of wolves in sheep clothing. That's want republicans are always looking out for their rich friends.

    September 28, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. Steveon

    Truthfully, I'm about ready to defect.

    September 28, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  14. JS in Florida

    Wake America!!! How can anyone be so stupid and vote for the Republicans? Don't believe the BS that they've been feeding you. What difference does it make that the bill was bought up 36 days until election day? If the Republicans cared, they would have voted yes on the bill regardless of the date. They only care about themselves. For those of you who like to talk about the Democrats having control since 2006, there was a Republican President who has veto power. How quickly people forget. Vote the Republicans out so that this country can move forward.

    September 28, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  15. michaelam

    Call your Senators and DEMAND an explanation! If he or she is a Republican and up for re-election VOTE HIM OR HER OUT! Let them experience the unemployment lines!

    A vote for any and ALL Republicans is a vote for disaster, ruin, and third-world status!

    September 28, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  16. angelo

    Since the Republicans are so willing to outsource American jobs to overseas interest, maybe we should outsource their jobs. We should require that any politican who supports shipping jobs overseas at the expense of American workers should have their jobs replaced by foreign politicans. As I understand it, foreign politicans tend to put restraints on companies in their country from outsourcing. Foreign politicans also put high tariffs on imported goods, even China has many barriers and high tariffs against imports. What a great job the Republicans have, high wage, great benefits, great retirement full benefits and pay after eight years, don't have to show up for work, just say "no" to everything that might help the US worker, try to cut whatever benefit we the taxpayer may have and call it a socialist program. What the heck!! Republicans, "politicans", look at your benefits, You All have the most socialised protection in the world. Protect your interest Republicans, hopefully you will be outed.

    September 28, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. Jill

    I am deeply disappointed in the GOP Block on the outsourcing bill but not surprised. For more than a decade we have seen the best skilled jobs be off-shored, seen U.S. corporations taken over by foreign holding companies, been told over and over by management without hesitating to take a breath when asked, that they would ship every job overseas if they could. So what's your plan GOP? No good jobs, no good pay, no good income tax revenue stream, no entry level starting jobs for college graduates. Should we tell our kids and grandkids that the only job that they will have is in the military? So what is your plan GOP? Who the hell do you care about? Certainly not us!!!!!

    September 28, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  18. Logictox

    At what point did the dems need the GOP to pass anything? This is political vote getting, nothing more. You can't force companies to compete with a lazy work force that demands money for nothing.

    September 28, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  19. Jill

    This is a rallying cry to all good Americans who care about their families, their futures, the future of the children in this country – let them know you are mad as hell. Let them know you are not going to forget and you will vote in November but not for GOP. Vote what is in your best interests and the best interests of your elderly parents, and the best interests of your children. Don't worry about the corporations and big banks as they have been taking care of themselves quite well and frankly they aren't thinking about you!

    September 28, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  20. Matt911

    This is the direction the Dems should have be going this whole time. I know that Health care reform (kindof) was needed, it still needs to be reformed more. The Dems should have pressed the issue with businesses and show real support to the middle-lower class. That is where the majority of the votes come from. The GOP are good at what they do, deception and tugging at moral heartstrings.

    The fact of the matter is big business bankrupted America. It has killed numerous small towns and the American way. Remember the American way that the GOP boasts about, they helped to kill it. Deregulation under Regan and Bush I and then again under Bush II should be proof enough that government should have a hand in regulations. It is in fact one of the major tasks of any government to establish and maintain a stable economy. Free Capitalism detracts from stability, as one side of the spectrum will always outweigh the majority.

    Outsourceing is bad, it is fundamentally wrong. It is also wrong to hire illegal immigrant labor to do jobs Americans could do (prolly wouldn't because they are to hard and would get paid what they want). It is not the unions faults for this, it is an cooly calculated deception that has been told time and time again by big business and the GOP to turn working class Americans against themselves.

    Wake up, look at the whole picture. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Just think if labor laws weren't in place. Everyone would have a job working for $.05 an hour. Thats the American Dream big business and the GOP truly want us all to obtain.

    September 28, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |

    Wow the conservatives on here just don't get it. Job killing? Bring back capitalism? Do you clowns ever read any history books? Have you watched the news at all over the last 20-30 years? Your ideas don't work. They never have, and never will.

    September 28, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  22. FyouRepubs

    I hope we just go into a civil war at this point So it then would be legal for me to shoot republicans in the face, and I do not mean just the politicians, I hate all of you and hope the worse for you I really do. Hate me all you like, I care not, you people are the child labor lets make as much money as we can sick parasite on this world. You wonder why there is so much hate and rage in this world Republicans are why. Your all a bunch of money greedy losers that care only about your selves, I can not stand you people at all, American dream make as much money as you can and step all over everyone on your way. The fall of Rome started out much like this can not wait to see history repeat it self.

    September 28, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  23. rs

    When did Republicans become so anti-American? It seems they only want to help out the rich, and destroy the middle and lower class. Pathetic and un-American. They should be all be voted from office!

    September 28, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  24. Tom

    Clinton signed into law the policies that allowed manufacturing jobs to be outsourced to begain with. The will hopefully change these policies after they take back Washington in Nov.. The Dems are tring to fake out americans again. Telling lies and bring bills up for votes when they know they dont have enough time to be debated properly.

    September 28, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  25. anthony

    SO all of you complaining about the Dems and the President not fixing the Unemployment rates fast enough for you, take notice. This is what Republicans do to fix the problem... send the jobs YOU NEED overseas. Please voice your dissatisfaction at the polling place. Carry on.

    September 28, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
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