Sen. Bernie Sanders announced his introduction of anti-outsourcing legislation. The legislation includes more than 2,000 Indiana jobs being shipped to Mexico by Carrier and UTEC.
Sanders’ proposed legislation called “Outsourcing Prevention Act” will serve as a solution to address Americans’ concern regarding outsourcing.
Sen. Sanders was the Democratic Presidential Nominee who lost against Trump. Standing side by side with Trump’s cause, the long-time senator challenges the president-elect to stand firm on what he promised during the campaign trail. His legislation serves as a call of action for the new administration.
Sanders said, “During the campaign, Donald Trump made a 100 percent commitment to prevent United Technologies from shipping 2,100 jobs from Indiana to Mexico. All of us need to hold Mr. Trump accountable to make sure that he keeps this promise.” He adds, “Let’s be clear: it is not good enough to save some of these jobs. We cannot rest until United Technologies signs a firm contract to keep all of these good-paying jobs in Indiana without slashing the salaries or benefits workers have earned.”
The said legislation aims to hinder companies from outsourcing by withholding federal contracts, tax breaks, loans or grants from corporations that move more than 50 jobs overseas.
It would require an outsourcing tax of either 35 percent of the company’s profits. This entails no savings even when the company chooses to outsource services to foreign locations.
“We need to send a very loud and very clear message to corporate America: The era of outsourcing is over,” Sanders said in his statement. “Instead of offshoring jobs, the time has come for you to start bringing good-paying jobs back to the United States of America.”