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House Votes Down Rep. Peters' Amendment to Outsourcing Bill

The Bloomfield Township Democrat denounces the 'lockstep' response to his and several other amendments in a bipartisan-supported bill designed to incentivize American jobs.

Legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Township) last month to keep tabs on large American-based multinational corporations was voted down in the House on Thursday morning.

Peters denounced the "lockstep" vote after the Outsourcing Accountability Act of 2012 (HR 3875) was voted down, 230-175. It was shot down along with several other pieces of legislation introduced by Democrats as amendments to HR 3606, a bipartisan-supported bill designed to further incentivize the creation of American jobs.

"House Republicans voted in lockstep to protect corporate outsourcers by preventing consumers from having the information they need to support companies that create American jobs," Peters said in a statement. "The families I represent in Michigan have felt the impact of outsourcing for years and House Republicans are wrong to deny them the opportunity to support companies that create American jobs."

Peters' bill introduced with two Democratic co-sponsors in February would require firms with revenues of more than $1 billion to report how many employees they have in the United States broken down by state; jobs abroad would have to be broken down by country. Currently, public filings disclose the current number of employees in a given company. 

The bill was added as an amendment to HR 3606 along with several others after that bill, known as the the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, was approved 54-1 in committee. The bill is designed to provide "emerging growth companies" (EGCs) with relief from regulation expected of a more mature enterprise in order to encourage those companies to offer public stock. 

President Obama issued a statement in support Tuesday (PDF).

Amendments approved by voice vote Wednesday included one from Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC), which would change the definition of EGCs so it adjusts for inflation. 

Peters' office said that the overall bill 3606 passed Thursday.

Southfield Mike March 09, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Peters, you're worthless- and stop sending me those stupid flyers boasting about all the things that you've done in Congress, since most of them are having a negative effect on me! Michigan has the worst delegation in the country in both the House and Senate- hopefully that will change in November.
Dale Murrish March 09, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Peters’ amendment sounded like more government red tape for businesses to go through. It sounded good in theory, but would not have had any real benefit. I’m glad the amendment was voted down. We all want to help create American jobs; this amendment may well have stifled them. I’ve not heard of anything Gary Peters has proposed that will actually help businesses, large or small. His idea of helping small businesses is to loan them more money, not to cut red tape so they can expand their business based on more profits.
Bryce March 09, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Gary Peters was quoted in the article as saying; "The families I represent in Michigan have felt the impact of outsourcing for years and House Republicans are wrong to deny them the opportunity to support companies that create American jobs." Why are you blaming the Republicans Mr. Peters? In case you don't remember, the President that brought us the North American Free Trade Agreement, that made it much easier to ship jobs to other countries, was none other that William Jefferson Clinton. I can understand why you may be confused. Compared to the current resident of the oval office, President Clinton could be mistaken for a Republican.
Linda P March 10, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Peters is an election year politician....you never hear about him unless he needs votes, and then is usually pushing for some useless headline grabbing legislation. Hopefully redistributing will squeeze him out of the Michgan delegation. Agree with above commentator regarding Michigan's pathetic Washington delegation .
Ed Lambert March 10, 2012 at 03:41 AM
"The best part of waking up is" . . . finding both Peters and Sander Levin in the same cup on primary election morning. Apologies to Folgers.
Ed Lambert March 10, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Peters speaks of "lockstep" regarding the vote on his amendment. Wanna bet he never used the term in describing the vote on Obamacare--and about every other vote taken during Nancy San Francy's rule. One good thing about the upcoming primary: we'll be rid of either Peters or Levin.
WILLARD ROHRBECK March 10, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Amen to that Mike. Peters and Stabenow are kinda useless.
WILLARD ROHRBECK March 10, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Bryce the reason Peters is confused is because he's a democrat
WILLARD ROHRBECK March 10, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Unfortunately not both. Add Stabenow to that list of folks that just have to go
Linda P March 10, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Agree......the glory of redistributing will leave us minus one of them. Can't wait.
Linda P March 10, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Sorry, meant to say redistricting.
Marty Rosalik March 10, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Look up how Mr. Peters voted on House Vote 690 last August. He voted in the minority against the $2,100,000,000,000 debt expansion. And the real term is gerrymandering. They all do it and it's a cheap trick to hurt your competition when you can't beat them otherwise.
Ed Lambert March 10, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Peters likely had the blessing of Nancy San Francie to vote this way. Leaders often will let a member off the hook for reelection purposes. Yep, gerrymandering. The practice wouldn't exist except for the fact that all politicians who want elective office want that same job to be their career. Or as a steppingstone to a political office with greater power. That's a given, and we have no choice if we entertain any hope of the officeholder advancing a certain political perspective.
Linda P March 11, 2012 at 05:05 AM
On target Mike.....
Jon Ruthenbeck March 15, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Wow...I love seeing all this discontent with Peters. I wonder were it was when the people of the 9th District elected him. I surely hope that when November rolls around there are more of us who stand up for what we know to be right and vote all those that are trying to destroy this country out of office.
Linda P March 16, 2012 at 11:33 AM
I read an editorial today where Peters was cited as objecting to both the emergency manager and Snyder consent agreement for Detroit ...when asked what he would do instead he is quoted as saying...get more jobs for Detroit.....wow..gee.. Gary can that happen by April 1st? Ummmm let's all vote for Gary he's got a great plan. ...this guy makes even the strong sick.
Alisa Mendis July 06, 2012 at 01:17 AM
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Debra L. Van Buren February 18, 2013 at 05:53 PM
I am discouraged by the result of U.S. Rep. Gary Peters' Amendment. I think we need to keep better tabs on large, multinational corporations. It doesn't surprise me, however, that the House Republicans shot it down. Maybe it necessitates too much red tape. At any rate, I believe consumers and investors need to know more about outsourcing. Moreover, there is little doubt that emerging growth companies could use a break (i.e. relief from regulation).
Mark Itall February 18, 2013 at 09:38 PM
Year old news.

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