On Thursday, Senate Republicans FILIBUSTERED to block a bill ending the tax breaks companies get when they send our jobs out of the country -- and giving a few breaks to companies that hire here. The question now: will this get reported to the public? Will they be told this was a Republican filibuster, or just that "The Senate" "blocked" the bill? And will we ever know which companies -- and countries -- paid Republicans to kill this bill.
According to GovTrack.us, the Bring Jobs Home Act
Amends the Internal Revenue Code to:
(1) grant business taxpayers a tax credit for up to 20% of insourcing expenses incurred for eliminating a business located outside the United States and relocating it within the United States, and
(2) deny a tax deduction for outsourcing expenses incurred in relocating a U.S. business outside the United States. Requires an increase in the taxpayer's employment of full-time employees in the United States in order to claim the tax credit for insourcing expenses.
Yes, you can see why Republicans would filibuster that.
By the way, that summary "was written by the Congressional Research Service, a nonpartisan arm of the Library of Congress, which serves Congress. GovTrack did not write and has no control over these summaries."
Which Companies And Countries Paid To Block This Bill?
The Republican Supreme Court has ruled that corporations -- even foreign-owned corporations -- are allowed to spend unlimited amounts of money electing Republicans, to influence which laws get passed -- or blocked. This week Republicans filibustered the DISCLOSE act, which would have at least let the public know which corporations and countries are giving money to Republicans.
So the same week Senate Republicans filibuster to block the bill that stops tax breaks to companies for shipping our jobs out of the country. Really? The same week? Isn't that a little bit blatant? Will the press tell the public?
The Media Coverage
A democracy requires that the citizens get accurate news, so they can make informed decisions. Will the public learn that Republicans filibustered to block this bill?
The won't learn it from the Washington Post: 'Insourcing' bill fails to advance in the Senate
They learned it from FOX: Senate GOP kills measure to curb job 'outsourcing'
Politico will tell the public that Democrats failed: Democrats' outsourcing bill falls short
CBS gets it right: Senate GOP kills measure to curb job 'outsourcing'
LA Times? Nope: Bill to curtail outsourcing blocked in Senate
Bloomberg, yes: Senate Republicans Block Democrats' Anti-Outsourcing Plan
Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked the No.1 item on the president's congressional "to-do-list," refusing to allow a vote on a bill that would give tax breaks for companies that "insource" jobs to the U.S. from overseas while eliminating tax deductions for companies that move jobs abroad.
Leave a comment and tell us if the media coverage you saw, heard or read covered this well enough that people will understand what just happened.