Campaign 2010

Jun 26, 2013

Outsourcing Agenda Haunts Schilling

TO: Interested Parties

FR: DCCC Communications

RE: Outsourcing Agenda Haunts Schilling

Former Congressman Bobby Schilling – who rode the Tea Party wave of 2010 to one term in Congress – is pushing for a rematch against Cheri Bustos. Try as he might, he won’t be able to hide a record that puts him squarely opposite Illinois middle class families. Instead, voters will remember that they threw Schilling out of office because his priorities are protecting millionaires over Medicare and giving tax breaks to companies that outsource jobs.

Schilling’s Record: Repeatedly Supported Tax System That Encourages Companies to Ship Jobs Overseas

Congressman Schilling twice voted for Congressman Paul Ryan’s radical budgets that would’ve established a “territorial tax system” and allowed companies to pay only the tax rate of the country where profits are earned. According to the Tax Policy Center, exempting these offshore earnings from U.S. tax liability “might encourage some domestic companies to move more of their operations – and shift both jobs and more reported income – to low tax countries.” Congressman Schilling even walked out of a town hall meeting with Sensata workers who confronted him about the impending outsourcing of their jobs to China.

Voters Have Already Rejected Schilling’s Plan to Cut Medicare

In addition to enabling companies to ship jobs overseas, Congressman Schilling voted for a $125,000 tax break for millionaires, according to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. The tax cut would have been funded by shifting the burden on Illinois seniors and raising their Medicare costs. The Wall Street Journal wrote in April 2011, “The plan would essentially end Medicare, which now pays most of the health-care bills for 48 million elderly and disabled Americans, as a program that directly pays those bills.”

While Schilling has the Wrong Priorities, Bustos Embodies the Values of Her District

By contrast, Cheri Bustos is a working mother who has been fighting for middle class families in Illinois – from students to seniors. She’s held a series of discussions around the district and pushed Congress to quit stalling and stop student loan rates from doubling. Her American Jobs Matter Act would boost American manufacturing and she led the effort on a bipartisan proposal to ensure the basic principle that American flags should be made in America.  Bustos’ work on bread-and-butter issues important to middle class families provides a direct contrast with Schilling’s record on outsourcing jobs – and her strong record standing up for Illinois families will keep Schilling in the private sector in 2014.