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Is Your Member of Congress Rewarding Corporations that Move Production Out of the U.S.?

As years pass, corporations have been cutting more and more manufacturing jobs in America and shipping those jobs halfway around the world to factories in Asia, which then ship their products back to the United States for sale. There’s nothing wrong in the abstract with people in Asia having jobs — it’s when we get […]

Congressional Priority: Suspending Import Duties for Outsourced Goods

At Congress.gov, it’s possible to carry out a boolean search of the Congressional Record and proposed legislation to get a sense of both the rhetoric of speeches and the priorities for action in the U.S. Congress. The following figures represent legislation in most recently completed 112th Congress:

# of pieces of legislation before the Congress […]

Bob Dold (R-Dow) 2014?

Roll Call shares the news that former congressman Bob Dold will be running to take back the seat he lost to Democrat Brad Schneider in 2012. As a member of Congress, Bob Dold specialized in the filing of bills that would suspend or eliminate fees on for the importation of various foreign chemicals. On just […]

Bob Dold Sacrifices American Jobs For Foreign Fake Drugs

Bob Dold’s bills, H.R. 5357 and H.R. 5358, will give a special exemption from import fees for two placebos that will be used only by a corporation called Astellas, in clinical trials to required to give two of its pharmaceuticals access to U.S. markets. […]

Schumer Sells Out American Jobs For Mere Baubles

Senator Charles Schumer loves to talk about the need to pass legislation that will create American jobs, but here he is, introducing legislation that discourages American manufacturing – for the sake of glittery false gemstones. […]

The Foreign 4-Propylbenzaldehyde Mystery

There are seven commercial suppliers of the industrial chemical 4-Propylbenzaldehyde in the United States of America. They are:

3B Scientific Corporation Honest Joy Holdings Rieke Metals, Inc. Oakwood Products, Inc. Riedel-de Haen AG Platte Valley Scientific, LLC ASDI Incorporated

Why, when there are so many domestic sources of 4-Propylbenzaldehyde within the United States, has […]

Judd Gregg Wants Loopholes for Ski Poles

There’s one bit of legislative action by Senator Gregg that you won’t be able to read about in any press release from Senator Gregg’s office. It has to do with ski poles. […]

Max Baucus Is The Senate Snow Globe King!

Max Baucus has saved us all from a shortage of foreign-made snow globes, with two bills, S. 1826 and S. 1829, that lower the import duties on acrylic and glass snow globes manufactured overseas. Why is Senator Baucus helping foreign manufacturers of snow globes to outcompete American companies that make snow globes? […]

Fact Check: Environmental, USITC Deception in the U.S. Outdoor Act

The U.S. Outdoor Act is clear in its practical effect: by lowering import tariffs on “recreational performance outerwear” (high-tech pants and jackets made for outdoorsy activities), the bill would lower the cost of making those products in factories overseas. But in trying to justify those lowered import tariffs, the bill (S. 1439 in the Senate, […]