WAVERLY -- Using a shuttered cabinet factory as a backdrop, local labor unions called for Congress to support a bill that would remove incentives for companies who outsource jobs overseas and reward companies that invest in American workers.
Members of the Shawnee Labor Council challenged lawmakers Monday to pass the Bring Jobs Home Act.
Sen. Sherrod Brown, a co-sponsor of the bill, said the goal is to close a loophole in the tax system. Brown's office said the current tax law gives companies a tax deduction for relocating jobs, making no distinction whether those jobs remain in the U.S. or go overseas.
"This is about replacing 'outsourcing' with 'reshoring.' Our tax policy should encourage companies to return to the United States -- and discourage them from ever leaving," the Cleveland-area Democrat said. "But right now, our tax code is a bit backwards."
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