Reid Remarks Calling On Senate Republicans To Vote To Keep American Jobs From Going Overseas

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“The Bring Jobs Home Act tackles the growing problem of American jobs being shipped overseas. By fighting ‘outsourcing,’ as it’s called, the Bring Jobs Home Act could potentially protect over 21 million American jobs.”

 

“This bill provides a 20% tax credit to help American companies with the costs of moving operations back to the United States. The Bring Jobs Home Act will protect 150,000 jobs in Nevada. It could potentially save as many as 325,000 at-risk jobs in Kentucky.”

 

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor today calling on Senate Republicans to protect American jobs and support the Bring Jobs Home Act. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wisely noted: “It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong.” In about an hour, Senators will come to the floor and have the opportunity to, as Longfellow said: “do a thing right.” We’ll have the opportunity to vote for a bill that protects American jobs.

The Bring Jobs Home Act tackles the growing problem of American jobs being shipped overseas. By fighting “outsourcing,” as it’s called, the Bring Jobs Home Act could potentially protect over 21 million American jobs. Any time an American company closes a factory or a plant in America, and moves operations to another country, taxpayers pick up part of the moving bill. The Bring Jobs Home Act ends senseless tax breaks for outsourcers. It ends the ridiculous practice of American taxpayers funding the outsourcing of their own jobs.

But the Bring Jobs Home Act doesn’t just fight to keep jobs here in America – it also brings jobs back. This bill provides a 20% tax credit to help American companies with the costs of moving operations back to the United States. The Bring Jobs Home Act will protect 150,000 jobs in Nevada. It could potentially save as many as 325,000 at-risk jobs in Kentucky. Economically speaking, what else could be more important than ensuring that our working Americans’ jobs are protected? Regardless of what the Republican Leader has claimed, helping our constituents stay employed is our duty as Senators.

Quite frankly, a vote against this bill is a vote against American jobs. There is absolutely no excuse, no justification for any member of this body to vote against this legislation. But as of late, Senate Republicans have repeatedly blocked legislation, much like the Bring Jobs Home Act, that is good for the American people. That brings me back to the Longfellow quote that I mentioned at the beginning of my remarks: “It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong.” I see the wisdom in that quote each and every time another good bill is blocked by Senate Republicans.

Because each time after Republicans have voted against legislation good for working families, an odd scene has developed on the Senate floor. A procession of Republicans makes its way to the Senate floor, and individually Senators begin to explain why they voted against a good bill. After voting against an increase in the minimum wage; after voting against equal pay for women; after voting against cost-cutting energy efficiency; after voting against student loan refinancing; following all of these votes, the same spectacle unfolds immediately after: Republicans come to the floor and tried to make their case. So instead of voting for a good piece of legislation that would benefit folks back home, they spend a lot of time here explaining why they did the opposite.

Maybe our vote today will be different. Maybe Senate Republicans will keep their focus on the many families who depend on the jobs we’re trying to protect today. If they do, they’ll vote for the Bring Jobs Home Act. They’ll vote to keep American jobs from going overseas. Those of us who do the right thing today and vote for this bill will not need to give any explanation.  That’s because our constituents will know we’ve worked hard to give them a fair shot at a good, secure job.

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