Bringing Jobs Home

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership has successfully assisted and helped grow many small- and medium-sized manufacturing businesses.

This week, the Senate is debating legislation to make it easier for companies who outsource jobs to move them back to the United States. In my office, we are acutely aware of manufacturing’s impact on Wisconsin’s economy and are focused on the importance of creating and retaining American jobs. It is absolutely essential that we support our manufacturers and give them the opportunity to grow and prosper in America.

During my time in the Senate, I have strongly supported and worked with a program called the Manufacturing Extension Partnership. I’ve seen first-hand how they successfully assist and grow many small and medium manufacturing businesses. I discussed this tremendous public private partnership in greater detail when I addressed the Senate today during consideration of S. 3364, the Bring Jobs Home Act:


We all know the importance of jobs to individual families, communities, and to our economy as a whole. I will continue to do everything I can to keep American jobs here in America.

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James R Hoffa July 19, 2012 at 04:48 AM
@Herb - The Manufacturing Extension Partnership is actually a decent program that accomplishes its goals, although still fails to do very much about the big picture problem. Contrast this with the Bring Jobs Home Act, which is little more than a political stunt being utilized by your party to influence the low information, non-thinking voter. If you really want to keep jobs here, then we need to address real tax and regulatory reform, as well as pursue a fair trade policy that penalizes the cheaters.
Steve ® July 19, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Obama says I didn't build my business. See him for help on expanding it, or hire more teachers and road builders. That will allow me to pump out more product made right here in Wisconsin.
Richard July 19, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Hey Herbie, Your man says that you were not responsible for building your business, government was, guess then you are not entitled to what you have, you didn't earn it, oh yes I forgot government, was it government that built the Bradley center that your team plays in for peanuts?
Sanjay Bose July 19, 2012 at 07:27 PM
If the bill "BRING JOBS HOME ACT " is not passed immediately.(we need more anti outsourcing bills ,and stop miss-use of H1B visa by foreign worker ) DON'T worry not only manufacturing jobs but also jobs like in service sector jobs , management level jobs, financial sector , banking , insurance , legal, pharma , Programming , software , Information Technology (IT) , Media , Animation l etc etc thousand of them r going to be outsourced overseas , (watch that YouTube link too). The dip in unemployment rate is temporarily and its cooked for election 2012 , after election it will be risen considerably in tow digits (and don t forget about the quality of jobs). http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20111221-707599.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhzMEtD349Y This current Call Centre bill And American jobs Act will be also not passed , same as previous outsourcing bill which was dead.Its an Election gimmick , with nexus of corporate s (wall street ) and government to fool people , and they r damn sure that this will too not pass very damn sure , infact Morgan Stanley and jp morgan chase (these both got large amount Bailout from fed (tax money)) is going to cut more jobs in US around most of them and they will will transferred to India , they want to transfer about 92 % more jobs outside , A mortgage company OCWEN FINANCIAL which has 90 % of jobs outsourced overseas ( India
Bren July 19, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Steve, I thought the "Obama says I didn't build my business" meme was debunked virtually the moment the words fell out of Romney's mouth. He was speaking of infrastructure and how businesses use roads. Businesses didn't build the roads that they use as part of their operations. You are just the kind of guy that Karl Rove loves.
Bren July 19, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Sanjay, I hope these bills aren't election gimmicks. It's too bad the executives of these companies are willing to watch our economic power wane if it means more profits for them. Then there's this from Illinois, Bain Capital about to send 170 more jobs to China...http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/16/mitt-romney-freeport-illinois-outsourcing_n_1676991.html
CowDung July 19, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Why do you hate Chinese people, Bren? They need jobs too...
James R Hoffa July 19, 2012 at 07:51 PM
James R Hoffa July 19, 2012 at 08:04 PM
@Bren - Businesses by and large have a far larger tax burden then an individual does, thus they end up contributing even more towards the infrastructure than an individual taxpayer does. Not to mention that businesses provide jobs and commerce, which greatly expands the tax base, unlike the limited capabilities of an individual non-entrepreneurial taxpayer. But Obama didn't give the business builders credit for also contributing to the system that built the infrastructure, did he? Instead, he stated that "others" built that infrastructure, failing to take into account that the business builders also significantly contributed to the system that builds such infrastructure. It's an insulting and intentional oversight, seeing as how Elizabeth Warren did the exact same thing. It infers that private for profit businesses are nothing but parasites upon our society. Obama's not even being original, he's just perpetuating the party line class warfare propaganda and rhetoric! The DNC loves the low information / non-thinking types like you!
James R Hoffa July 19, 2012 at 08:20 PM
@Bren - Guess who's fault those jobs losses are - the people who will be losing their jobs and their friends and family for buying foreign products instead of supporting their own industry / manufacturing when they had such choices available to them! They did it to themselves and don't even realize it. So, just like many in this country today, point the finger and blame others instead accepting the responsibility of their own short sightedness and foolish / greedy consumerism. I've been through that town and have seen the factory parking lot Bren - very few American union labor made cars were in the parking lot. What did those people honestly expect? How come Ed Schultz never tours the parking lots of any of these factories being closed down to see the true mentality of these people who are losing their jobs to outsourcing and expose the fact that they are in fact their own worst enemies? Nope instead, we have to blame the rich guy at the top and demonize him! What a society!
Steve ® July 19, 2012 at 08:54 PM
See Obama not Romney for these comments, they came straight from his mouth. So either he idiotically means what he said, or he is a really bad communicator because he is getting hammered by anyone that listed to it. Business did build more of the roads. They pay a much higher tax burden than a 9-5 person. If goods are moved or vehicles used for xyz transportation more fuel is purchased yielding higher road use taxes. Registration of vehicles is higher. Business pay much higher property taxes putting more money in the school system. Teachers are paid to teach, not help you start a business and the money is there regardless thanks to business staying in business. I haven't seen my art teacher show up lately and help me with making a $60,000 risk on a piece of capitol equipment. ►If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a job, you didn’t build that. ( emphasis added.) Somebody else made that happen.”◄ Changed business to job. Bren do you have a job? You didn't build that and make that happen. You owe the government more money for making your job possible. Please write your check payable to the IRS today.
Bert July 19, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Steve, you not only changed the wording of the quote, you added punctuation that isn't there. The "that" that Obama says a business owner didn't build are the roads and bridges he mentioned in the first half of the same sentence. Yesterday, Romney made the exact same statement, while carrying on this out-of-context BS. Truth is, if you have a successful business in the US, you owe your success in part to the strength of the US infrastructure. You would NOT be successful in places that lack strong infrastructure. As for businesses having a higher tax burden, that's complete nonsense. Corporate lobbyists have put so many loopholes in to the tax code that many highly profitable businesses pay no tax at all. Finally, mr. hoffa, read just slightly more of the President's clip than the out-of-context garbage that Fox is feeding you and you'd see that he's very much lauding private businesses. Fox might tell you that you're informed, but brainwashed is the correct term.
Steve ® July 19, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Bert, the quote was copied from a news source, I checked it with the video and it is accurate, word for word. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKjPI6no5ng Do you have a job? If so you owe more to business for supplying money to the government so they could build the roads and bridges you use. Your view on taxes and business is just about as stupid as Obama's. You both have no clue what you are talking about but consider yourself elitist educated snobs. Please come pay my tax bill every year, a zero $ check is easy to write. When I fill up my truck I pay $0.70/gallon less than you. My property taxes on business assets and inventory are zero. When I have goods shipped in the fuel surcharge is waved and my out bound UPS/USPS packages have zero road and use taxes considered in the rates. I owe nothing to the state for a LLC annual report, my business license fees are waived. When I collect sales tax from a customer I get to keep a portion of it. When I do work on my building I don't need permit or inspection fees and multiple environmental controls. When I invent a new product the money just appears in my account to cover the risk. Then more appears to cover the initial run of production. My inventory property taxes are waived again because I took free risk in developing and stocking new products.
Keith Schmitz July 20, 2012 at 12:26 PM
So Jimmy, you're down with the idea of us tax payers paying for company deductions on the expenses of sending jobs overseas? Is there some something we are missing as to how we should enjoy this screwing?
Keith Schmitz July 20, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Jimmy, it all works out to be a nice little circle. Jobs are exported overseas so that those in the C-Suites can make mega millions, while the beached workers have to usually move on to lower paying jobs and the threat of moving jobs overseas is used to cower unions. Said workers are making less money, so they have to go to the big box store to buy low priced merchandise, either made by their replacement workers overseas or because workers over here are hammed into submission. Round and round it goes while America is no long, guess what, an exceptional country. Why do you hate America(ns)? Everybody talks about how companies have no choice, while in the meantime and minuscule few get filthy rich and this country builds its own version of an aristocracy because us Princess Ann Romney, consort of the the Dauphin of the Mexican outback calls us, "you people."


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