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Rep. DeFazio co-sponsors bill to urge
companies to keep jobs, money in U.S.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Oregon
Congressman Peter DeFazio, (D-
Springfield), has co-sponsored a bill
that would fight against outsourcing and
plant closings by encouraging compa-
nies to keep their money and jobs in
The Patriot Corporations of America
Act (H.R. 5699) was introduced just be-
fore the Fourth of July recess by Rep.
Jan Schakowsy, (D-Ill.). The bill would
provide tax breaks and preferences in
federal contracting for corporations that
meet a number of standards, including
providing adequate benefits for their
workers and producing at least 90 per-
cent of their goods and services in the
“It is time to rekindle the spirit of pa-
triotism and encourage corporations that
commit to America and American work-
ers. The Patriot Corporations of America
Act would do so by rewarding compa-
nies which invest in our nation’s eco-
nomic future. And, it would do so in a
revenue neutral way,” Schakowsy said.
At a press conference in June,
Schakowsy talked about the billions of
dollars in subsidies and tax breaks the
U.S. government gives to companies
that outsource jobs and relocate to avoid
Accenture, for example, advises
companies on how to outsource jobs
overseas and avoid taxes by incorporat-
ing offshore in Bermuda.
“Like many other U.S. corporations,
Accenture continues to qualify for tax
breaks, and it currently has more than
$500 million in government contracts
— paid for by taxpayers,” Schakowsy
Meanwhile, urban communities and
small towns are devastated by plant
closings. A recent poll in Foreign Af-
fairs magazine reported that nearly 90
percent of Americans worry about los-
ing their jobs to corporate outsourcing,
The Patriot Corporations of America
Act would stop rewarding outsourcers
and tax dodgers, and make corporations
earn their tax incentives by investing in
America and American workers.
Companies that choose to participate
in the Patriot Corporation program
would be provided with preferential
treatment in government contracting
and a 5 percent tax rate reduction for
pledging their allegiance to the U.S.
To qualify, Patriot Corporations
would need to:
• Produce at least 90 percent of their
goods and services in the U.S. and do
at least 50 percent of their research and
development in the U.S.
• Limit top management’s compen-
sation to no greater than 100 times —
or 10,000 percent — of that of their
lowest-paid full-time workers.
Patriot Corporations would commit
to their workers by:
• Contributing at least 5 percent of
payroll to a portable pension fund and
by paying for at least 70 percent of the
cost of health insurance plans.
Finally, Patriot Corporations would:
• Comply with federal regulations
regarding the environment, workplace
safety, consumer protections and labor
relations, including maintaining neu-
trality in employee organizing drives.
The incentives, Schakowsy said,
would be paid for by closing corporate
offshoring loopholes and reining in
some of the new tax breaks for million-
In addition to DeFazio, co-sponors of
the legislation include John Conyers of
Michigan, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Tom
Lantos, Barbara Lee, Hilda Solis and
Lynn Woolsey of California, Maurice
Hinchey and and Major Owens of New
York, and David Obey of Wisconsin.
HR 5699 has been referred to the
House Government Reform Committee.
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