'American Workers Cannot Wait Any Longer For Help'
D.C. - At a press conference today, House Democratic Leader Nancy
Pelosi and Congressmen Charles Rangel, Sander Levin and Baron Hill
urged action on bipartisan legislation to stem the hemorrhaging
of American manufacturing jobs. The leaders also announced that
House Democrats are filing a discharge petition on the bipartisan
Rangel-Crane manufacturing jobs bill.
are Pelosis remarks:
morning. I am joined today by the distinguished Ranking Member of
the Ways and Means Committee, Congressman Charles Rangel, the distinguished
Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, Congressman
Sander Levin, and Congressman Baron Hill of Indiana, a fighter for
Americas working families.
all know, since President Bush took office, manufacturing jobs are
hemorrhaging. The President has already lost 2.8 million good paying
manufacturing jobs and continues to lose more every single month.
1st, manufacturers will get hit even harder when the European Union
can apply sanctions on American manufacturers.
sanctions will affect the backbone of our manufacturing base. American
dairy farmers, sugar producers, citrus farmers, iron and copper
manufacturers, textile manufacturers, and ranchers will face hundreds
of millions of dollars in new tariffs that will make their products
harder to sell.
we did not have to get to this point. Democrats have been pushing
the Republicans for more than a year to fix this problem, and avoid
these sanctions, but the Republicans have been too busy giving tax
breaks to those who need them least to get anything done.
Democrats have been fighting for solutions, the President and his
economic team have been trying to create illusions. They have even
raised the question of redefining manufacturing to include fast
food workers who make hamburgers in an attempt to show a decrease
in the manufacturing job loss numbers.
us here have been fighting for a bipartisan bill - the Crane-Rangel-Manzullo-Levin
bill - that would lower taxes for American manufacturers, and keep
good paying jobs in the United States. The bill would prevent American
manufacturers from facing sanctions. But, the bill, which has more
than 150 cosponsors, was never considered in committee or on the
House floor because Republican leaders remain focused on the special
interests rather than public interests.
are putting manufacturing jobs at risk to reward their special interest
friends with $40 billion in new tax breaks for big corporations
that make things such as bait containers and bows and arrows, and
liquor wholesalers. This is ridiculous. # # #
"American workers cannot wait any longer for help. Today, Democrats
will file a discharge petition to force a vote on the Rangel-Crane
bill. Americans are ready for new economic leadership. They are
ready for a change. And Democrats are leading the fight to preserve
Americas manufacturing base."
Democrats Act to Help American Manufacturers
U.S. Firms Face Up to $4 Billion in Trade Penalties Due To Republican
With more than
eight million Americans looking for work and 2.8 million manufacturing
jobs lost in the last three years, Democrats are fighting to keep
good paying American jobs here at home and create new jobs. But
Republican policies reward companies who outsource factory
and white-collar jobs overseas. Because Republicans refuse to pass
a bipartisan manufacturing tax bill, American manufacturers will
be faced with hundreds of millions of dollars in European Union
trade sanctions starting on March 1, 2004. Today, Democrats launched
a discharge petition drive to force the Republican leadership to
act on a bipartisan bill to end the sanctions and keep good paying
jobs here in America.
manufacturing jobs lost since the beginning of the Bush Administration.
The Bush economy has had a devastating impact on the nations
manufacturing sector, with manufacturing jobs lost every month since
President Bush took office - bringing U.S. manufacturing employment
to a 53-year low.
is not a good thing. The Chairman of the White House
Council of Economic Advisers stated recently that Outsourcing
is just a new way of doing international trade
and that is
a good thing. However, the more than one million workers who
have lost their jobs to China, India, the Philippines and other
countries over the past three years do not agree with this outrageous
statement. Over 14 million jobs - 11 percent of all jobs in the
United States - have been identified as at risk of being sent abroad.
As many as 3.3 million jobs may be sent offshore by 2015, causing
American workers to lose $136 billion in wages. And studies show
that over the past two years, industries that are gaining jobs pay
21 percent less annually than those industries that are losing jobs.
to levy up to $4 billion in sanctions on struggling American manufacturers.
Beginning March 1, Europe plans to retaliate against American manufacturers
for continuing a tax subsidy for U.S. exports. The Republican-controlled
Congress has had more than a year to fix this problem, but has failed
to act. Now, because of Republican inaction, American dairy producers,
sugar producers, citrus farmers, iron and copper producers, and
cattle farmers are at risk for financial penalties that will make
their products harder to sell. Over the next year, farmers, ranchers,
and manufacturers could pay hundreds of millions in tariffs on their
has a bipartisan solution to stop the sanctions and create American
jobs, but Republicans are refusing to act. More than 154 Members
of Congress from both parties have cosponsored legislation that
would bring the United States into compliance with the WTO ruling,
reduce taxes for U.S. manufacturers, and keep jobs in the United
States. The bipartisan Rangel-Crane-Manzullo-Levin bill (HR 1769)
would revitalize our manufacturing base by lowering tax rates on
all domestic producers, including small businesses and farms, by
3.5 percent. The tax incentives are structured to keep good-paying
manufacturing jobs here at home. It is fully paid for, and would
not increase the deficit.
Republican bill makes it easier for multinational corporations
to move jobs abroad. The Republican plan, which would add $60
billion to the deficit over 10 years, includes a large loophole
that allows corporations to outsource almost all of the work needed
to make a product and still reap most of the benefits from a tax
break for domestic production. And it includes billions
of dollars in new tax breaks for the off-shore operations of U.S.-based
multinational corporations, as well as new subsidies for electronic
fish finders, bait containers, bows and arrows, and liquor wholesalers.
This plan replaces tax incentives to export American goods with
tax incentives to export Americans jobs.
manufacturing is bad for economy, industry, and workers. Manufacturing
has long been key to the strength of our economy. It provides good
jobs and guarantees a high standard of living for Americas
working families. In fact, in 2001, manufacturing workers
earnings were 23 percent greater than those of workers in service
sectors of the economy.
launch discharge petition to force Republicans to act on bipartisan
manufacturing tax cut. Democrats launched a discharge petition
drive on the bipartisan Rangel-Crane-Manzullo-Levin bill (HR 1769).
This proposal will revitalize our manufacturing base by lowering
tax rates on all domestic producers, including small businesses
and farms. It would encourage job creation and prevent the migration
of jobs overseas by providing an incentive for companies to manufacture
goods here in America. In addition, Democrats support helping manufacturers
develop new technologies, upgrading job training for a high-skilled
workforce, and enforcing trade laws to make sure that our manufacturers
are not at a competitive disadvantage.
want to crack down on offshore tax cheats. Democrats have long
supported closing tax loopholes for corporations and individuals
that move abroad to avoid paying taxes. Democrats have fought to
eliminate the use of offshore tax havens, such as Bermuda and Luxemburg,
which big corporations use to get out of paying their fair share