WASHINGTON – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement today after a Senate minority voted to filibuster the Bring Jobs Home Act, which would end tax subsidies for companies that ship jobs overseas and reward companies that bring jobs back home. Merkley is an original cosponsor of the bill.
“This bill is a no-brainer: When so many Americans are seeking good-paying jobs, why would we subsidize the export of our jobs overseas? Instead, we should be rewarding companies for moving their jobs back to U.S. soil – which is exactly what this bill does. It’s incredibly frustrating that a minority of Senators are blocking this common-sense measure. In Oregon, manufacturing is the backbone of our state’s economy. If we don’t make things in America, we won’t have a middle class in America.
“In blue-collar neighborhoods like the one where I live, a good job can make or break a family’s success. That’s exactly why we need to do everything we can to keep and create good, living-wage jobs here in America. I’ll keep urging my colleagues to pass the Bring Jobs Home Act because this bill goes straight to the success of our families and our entire middle class.”
Meanwhile Sen. Merkley’s challenger in the upcoming November election, Monica Wehby said she would have voted against Merkley’s bill, calling it an “election year gimmick.” Wehby was quoted on a Bend Radio station that what’s needed is an overhaul of the country’s tax system to give even greater tax breaks and incentives to “job-makers” to help increase America’s employment base.
Here’s Senator Merkley’s response:
“As part of her plan to give big new tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires like the Koch brothers, Monica Wehby wants to shift us to a tax system that rewards corporations for shipping jobs overseas. Now we know Wehby opposes legislation that would protect Oregon’s middle class and help bring those jobs back home. Monica Wehby would have voted with almost every Republican in the Senate against protecting hundreds of thousands of Oregon jobs that could be vulnerable to offshoring, and it’s clear she can’t be trusted to fight for Oregon’s middle-class.”
And the beat goes on…