Senator Roy Blunt has taken more than $2.5 million in campaign contributions from companies that outsourced Missouri jobs. Blunt regularly calls himself a jobs champion — but the only jobs he’s helping create are ones in Mexico, China, and India.
According to a new report by American Bridge,
Blunt received donations from companies that sent more than 5,300 Missouri jobs overseas,
supporting policies that hurt American workers and even veterans.
- Companies that outsourced at least 5,348 Missouri jobs contributed $2,532,814 to Blunt’s campaigns and PACs. Many of the jobs for which was data were available went to Mexico, China, and India.
- Blunt voted against studying the effects of outsourcing and voted repeatedly to protect companies that moved overseas in order to avoid paying taxes in the United States.
- Blunt has also voted against denying tax benefits to companies that moved their money overseas, effectively incentivizing offshoring. By doing so, Blunt also voted against protecting workers who were impacted because of corporate inversion.
- Blunt voted eight times for free-trade agreements with Chile, Colombia, Panama, Peru, Singapore, South Korea and Central American countries.
- In 2000, Blunt voted to normalize trade relations with China, which cost Missouri 44,200 jobs between 2001 and 2003. Between 2000 and 2006, the U.S.-China trade deficit displaced 1.8 million U.S. jobs.
- In 2005, Blunt voted against providing trade adjustment assistance-equivalent aid to unemployed veteran workers returning from Iraq whose jobs were outsourced.
- In 2011, Blunt voted for an amendment to limit trade adjustment assistance to only workers laid off because of a shift of production to or increased imports from countries with free-trade agreements with the U.S.
Published: Nov 2, 2016