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Friday, July 20, 2012

US Senator Bob Casey Introduces Bill To Protect US Call Center Jobs

Casey: Businesses that Outsource Jobs
Shouldn’t Be Eligible for Federal Funds

Legislation Would Protect Call Center Jobs in Pennsylvania 
US Senator Bob Casey (D-PA)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) on Wednesday introduced legislation to make businesses that move call center jobs overseas ineligible for federal funding such as grants or loans to protect nearly 200,000 jobs in Pennsylvania. 

Thousands of call center jobs have been relocated overseas. Senator Casey’s legislation will fight this trend by preventing companies from taking taxpayer money only to turn around and cut jobs in the United States.

“Companies that outsource their call centers overseas shouldn’t see the benefits of government grants and loans,” Senator Casey said. “Keeping call center jobs in Pennsylvania is good for our workers and our economy, and my bill will send a clear signal that outsourcing jobs will not be rewarded.”

Specifically, Senator Casey’s bill would:

Make businesses that move call center jobs overseas ineligible for federal grants or loans;

Direct the Department of Labor to make a public list of such companies; Employers remain on list for three years after each relocation; and,

Require agencies, including Department of Defense, to give preference to U.S. employers that do not appear on the list. 

Call centers are an important source of jobs all across Pennsylvania, and the legislation that Senator Casey introduced today adds to his long record of fighting against the outsourcing of American jobs. He opposed recent free trade agreements that could put Pennsylvania manufacturing jobs at risk, pushed legislation that has passed the Senate to crack down on Chinese currency manipulation that puts American businesses at a disadvantage, and championed Trade Adjustment Assistance to help workers who lost their jobs due to unfair foreign trade gain skills to find new work.

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Anonymous said...

I don't see why a company should get federal grant's (bribes?). If a company can't make money they shouldn't be in business. How can you justify tax money to hire people so they can pay taxes???

Anonymous said...

Currently there are companies that get to keep tax cuts even if they outsource jobs overseas.

The (D)s just tried to pass a bill that would give cuts to people that bring jobs here but the (R)s blocked it. They had said if they couldn't block it they'd amend a healthcare recall to it to kill it.

A jobs bill once again killed by Republicans because they put party over country. These people will watch this nation burn before they work with Democrats.

Or, as Mitch Mcconnell put it "our number 1 priority is making Obama a first term president"

Not jobs... not economic recovery, no these Republican clowns are rooting for the economy to dive to improve their election chances.

Reagan would disown all of them. Their obstructionism is the most dangerous threat to this nation right now... a Congress that can't put aside political games in this time of crisis is nothing but Nero playing the fiddle.

And all you yokels will still vote for them.

Anonymous said...

Exactly, pa voted Obama in. Lets try another 4 years of no leadership. D's had the house, the senate, and the presidency for 2yrs and accomplished nothing but a 2,700 page document that creates 20 new taxes. Amen to quit the money going to companies that outsource overseas. (GM does outsource and continues to do so) Govn't needs to get out of the business of picking winners and losers, let businesses stand on their own or fail.

Anonymous said...

Re: 8:48
You are absolutely correct in all aspects of your post. I could not believe the Repubs defeated a bill to give a ten (10%)percent tax cut to small businesses.
Mike Fowler
Austin, PA

Anonymous said...

Mike Fowler, you are going to honestly sit and complain about a 10% tax cut that didnt happen?

What about my health insurance increase of 25% when Obama announced his health care plan? Which spilled over and caused a 15% increase in my garage liability? How about under Rendell my property tax increase of 57% in 2 yrs! Where was my property tax relief from the casino money????

Democrats spend how much bailing out GM and Chrysler? Untold amounts to companies in PA such as Hershey Foods, Harley, BAE Systems...all who either layed off employees or moved operations a short time after.

Our state is one of the most heavily taxed in the nation, and you wanna complain about 10% for small business? Democrat after democrat has come and gone......along with big business. Big business which supports small business. Keep crying about your 10% Mr. Fowler. Come november, Republicans are putting the donkey to pasture! Its time to get some work done!

Anonymous said...

See? Tax cuts don't matter if it's Democrats trying to do it.

But if a Republican was trying to pass that law... look out. You hate America (no, you aren't even American) if you don't support that.

9:56, you do realize we are discussing a bill that would have helped right those wrongs, don't you?

It's this cut and dry:

Democrats tried to pass a simple and good tax cut to people that bring jobs back to the US (easy win in an election year) and Republicans struck it down because it's an election year.

You don't have leadership in the (R) party. If they did, they wouldn't have brought us THE GREATEST ECONOMIC DISASTER SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION

Our state is hardly the most taxed. You just bitched about how much taxes you pay and Corbett is giving away our state lands to drillers and isn't taxing them a penny. No, YOU can pay for the state infrastructure they use for their industry, Corbetts buddies walk on the bill. (and your gas prices won't even go down because all fuels are put on the global market)

And the 2 years the Dems did have to pass things wouldn't have been enough even if the Republicans didn't filibuster every single thing put in front of them.

Amazing, you people see an obstructionist party and see that as leadership.

Enjoy the complete annihilation of the middle class. The ultimate goal of "trickle down" economics.

Anonymous said...

Back to the meat of the post: Why just call center jobs? Why not ALL jobs?