Given the choice between supporting American workers or the corporations that ship U.S. jobs overseas, Senate Republicans sided with the job exporters today and blocked a vote (56-42) on the Bring Jobs Home Act. That’s not a surprise to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.):
It's no surprise Republicans are on the side of corporations making big bucks sending American jobs to China and India. After all, their presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, made a fortune outsourcing jobs, too….So Republicans are once again putting tax breaks for big corporations and multimillionaires ahead of the needs of ordinary Americans.
Even though the majority of the Senate voted to pass the bill, because of the Republican filibuster, 60 votes were needed to pass the bill. The bill would cut taxes for U.S. companies that move jobs and business operations to the United States and end tax loopholes that reward companies that ship jobs overseas. Says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka:
Senators who voted to protect outsourcers should not expect accolades from ordinary Americans, who want to see a lot less of the party label and more of the “Made in America” label from the people they send to represent them in the Senate....In November, it’s time to do even more than bring jobs home. Let’s bring home the politicians who support the privileged and the powerful over the interests of working men and women.
Read Trumka's full statement here.
Republicans painted a great illustration of their priorities this morning when they attempted to add amendments to the Bring Jobs Home Act that would repeal the Affordable Care Act and extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. Both amendments were blocked.
Before the vote, the AFL-CIO and Working America organized a Twitter “flash mob” (#BringJobsHome) to tweet messages of support for the bill to senators. Here are some of the tweets.
Text JOBS to 235246 to get info and action alerts to help bring America's jobs home. (Message and data rates may apply.)