Daschle Send Letter to Bush on U.S. Manufacturing Jobs
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic
Leader Tom Daschle sent a letter to President Bush on Friday urging
him to take steps to create U.S. manufacturing jobs.
is the full text of the letter sent by Pelosi and Daschle:
The White House
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President:
manufacturing sector is in crisis. Since the beginning of 2001,
more than 2.5 million American manufacturing jobs have been lost.
In fact, manufacturing employment has fallen in each and every month
of your Administration. It is clear that an economic policy based
solely on tax cuts for the wealthiest people has failed to reverse
the job losses in the manufacturing sector and throughout the economy.
We need a new approach. Appointing a new Assistant Secretary of
Commerce for Manufacturing may be a good symbolic first step, but
we need to take effective action to put Americans back to work.
debate over the tax treatment of exports presents a timely opportunity
that we should seize together. The debate poses a stark choice:
should we encourage manufacturing job creation in America or should
we make changes to how overseas business activity is taxed? Our
top priority is to create American jobs. We urge you to reconsider
your previous position in light of the mounting jobs crisis.
In the House,
as you know, Representatives Rangel, Crane and others have proposed
a bipartisan bill that puts top priority on creating American manufacturing
jobs. In the Senate, Chairman Grassley, Senator Baucus and other
members of the Finance Committee are working on a bill with a similar
U.S. manufacturing provision as its centerpiece. Importantly, both
of these will be revenue neutral.
a different approach in your 2004 budget which stated:
Administration is proposing reform of the U.S. international tax
rules, with a particular focus on reforming those aspects of the
current-law rules that can operate to tax active forms of business
income earned abroad before it has been repatriated and that
can operate to limit the use of the foreign tax credit in a manner
that causes the double taxation of income earned abroad."
proposal does not include a manufacturing jobs creation provision,
and, regrettably, House Ways and Means Chairman Thomas' approach
also focuses on overseas business activity. While some of these
proposals may have merit and warrant attention, we believe that
policies focused on immediate creation of manufacturing jobs in
the United States must be our top priority.
is about to be joined. We strongly urge you to endorse the approach
taken by Representatives Rangel and Crane and Senators Baucus and
Grassley, and take a strong position in support of creating U.S.
manufacturing jobs. If you do, the legislation would likely pass
Congress quickly. We hope you will agree, and look forward to working
House Democratic Leader
Senate Democratic Leader