It’s no secret that there are many more American’s looking for work than, by any standard, is healthy for our economy.
One of the quickest ways to impact jobs domestically is to create incentives for U.S. firms to keep jobs here instead of outsourcing them abroad. This is exactly what three visionary legislators, Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Robert Casey (D-PA) and Congressman Tim Bishop (D-NY) are driving hard to achieve.
This summer Sen. Casey introduced and Sen. Brown joined as the first co-sponsor, “The United States Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act,” which proposes to make debt collectors who move call center jobs overseas ineligible for federal grants and loans. And, over in the house, Congressman Bishop has introduced H.R. 3596, the comparable “U.S. Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act,” which has attracted 107 co-sponsors, including at least six republicans.
You can’t get much more common sense than this.
It flat out doesn’t make sense to give U.S. taxpayer dollars to collection firms that then use those funds to hire non-citizens. Not only is this good legislation from an economic perspective, but it’s equally beneficial to the 30 million American’s who receive collection calls each month. Fewer things are more infuriating than trying to address very serious financial issues with someone you can’t understand or can’t understand you.
Thank you Sens. Casey, Sherrod and Congressman Bishop for speaking out on this important issue. I suspect trying to get your colleagues attention is nearly impossible right now during “campaign season.” It’s important that every member of congress realize that suffocating this Act by neglect would be a complete disservice to every single Americanwho is struggling under financial duress or is in need of a job.
Ironically, they’re often the same person.
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