Murray Votes to End to Taxpayer Subsidies for Corporations that Ship Jobs Overseas

Sep 28 2010

Legislation blocked by Senate Republicans

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) voted for the Creating American Jobs and Ending Offshoring Act, which would end tax loopholes that encourage the off-shoring of jobs and provide a payroll tax cut for companies that return jobs to the United States from overseas. The bill failed to advance on a vote of 53-45.

Click here for a summary of the legislation

Senator Murray released the following statement after the vote:

“I am extremely disappointed that once again Senate Republicans have sided with corporate executives and lobbyists and blocked legislation that would have helped workers and families in Washington state and across the country get back on the job.

“At a time when middle-class families across Washington state are struggling to find work, it doesn’t make sense for taxpayers to subsidize large corporations for sending jobs overseas.  This legislation would have ended that—and it would have also provided a strong incentive for companies to bring jobs right back here to America, where our workers stand ready, willing, and able to fill them.

“I have met with enough workers in my home state of Washington—and I have seen enough of what they have produced—to know we have the best workforce in the world.  They are skilled, they are smart, they are hard-working—and they are ready to get back on the job.

“There was a clear choice in the Senate today.  Do we stand with workers and middle class families who are struggling to find jobs, put food on the table, or stay in their homes? Or do we stand with the corporate executives and their lobbyists who were fighting to kill this legislation to protect their taxpayer-financed subsidies?

“It is clear where I stand. And once again, I am extremely disappointed that Senate Republicans chose to take the other side.”