Congresswoman Judy Biggert and Tea Party Republicans have made it clear that they are most concerned about protecting billionaires and the corporations who fund their campaigns, even if it means raising taxes on middle class families and sending American jobs overseas. In fact, Congresswoman Biggert has a long history of supporting bad trade policies that ship American job overseas. Instead of working to promote job growth in Illinois, Biggert consistently supported bad trade policies similar to NAFTA, even after it was reported that NAFTA shipped more than 47,000 Illinois jobs overseas. In 2002, Congresswoman Biggert voted against an amendment that would have prevented companies from receiving aid if they laid off more American workers than workers in foreign companies. A vote against this amendment encouraged large corporations to cut costs by reducing their American workforce while maintaining cheaper alternatives overseas.
Flashback 2002: Congresswoman Biggert voted against an amendment to bar companies from receiving Export-Import bank aid if they laid off more American workers than in foreign companies. The Export-Import bank aid disproportionately supported larger corporations.
"As a businessman I have seen first-hand that America is at its best when we build things and the best way to give our economy the boost that it needs is to restore American manufacturing," said Bill Foster. "Congresswoman Biggert's record of protecting billionaires and the corporations that fund her campaigns, even when it's at the expense of American jobs, is wrong not just for people in Illinois but for the health of our economy. We need people in Washington with real business experience, who understand what it means to build a manufacturing company from the ground up that creates good jobs, and who will fight keep jobs here in America."