MSNBC "The Ed Show" - Transcript


By:  Debbie Stabenow
Date: July 17, 2012
Location: Unknown


Let`s turn to the sponsor of the bill, Bring Jobs Home Act, Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow. Senator, good to have you with us tonight. Thanks for joining us.

And thanks for doing this. I think this is really what is infuriating a lot of Americans, as you saw in our last segment. This seems like a pretty reasonable proposal to create jobs in this country. Will any of your Republican colleagues in the Senate support this?

SEN. DEBBIE STABENOW (D), MICHIGAN: Well, Ed, first of all, it`s always great to be with us you. We don`t know what they are going to do.

But I know what they should do. They should be able to tell the 170 families that you were just talking about in the Freeport, Illinois that not only will they not lose their jobs, but as taxpayers, they won`t pay for it. They pay for the move.

Right now, they, to add insult to injury, lose their job, then they get the privilege of helping to pay for the move overseas. And so people in Michigan, I can tell you, look at this and say, are you kidding me? Or they say other things, you know, unbelievable. And so this simply says we`re not going to pay for that anymore.

SCHULTZ: Why won`t the Republicans support it? Why won`t they support it.

STABENOW: You, I don`t know, Ed. I honestly don`t know. They talk about, well, we need comprehensive tax reform. OK, fine. Let`s start with closing this loophole first. You want to bring your jobs back, happy to let you write it off as a business expense. We`ll even give you an additional 20 percent credit, but we`re not paying for you shipping jobs overseas.

SCHULTZ: Well, it just seems like the Republicans are on the side of foreign countries right now, that they won`t amend something. They run around talking about creating jobs. They have blocked everything. Is this political theater, or do you think that this will really work?

STABENOW: Well, first of all, we`re going to put everybody on record. And there`s not one Republican that should be voting against this. They should be joining every Democrat in voting for this. And frankly, Governor Romney should be standing up and urging them to do that right now. It`s very simple.

I don`t know any other country that would be -- would stand for this kind of tax policy. You know, in China, they say, come on over, we`ll build the plant for you. Of course, then they steal your patents, but the reality is that they are aggressively trying to take our jobs. Every other country is. They know that to have a middle class, you have to make things.

And so the first step in making sure that we`re making things in America is to make sure we`re not paying for shipping the jobs overseas. So everybody ought to be on the sage wavelength on this one.

SCHULTZ: Did I hear you call out the Romney campaign, that they should take a stand on this bill?

STABENOW: I would sure like to know, wouldn`t you? I would sure like to know where they are. They could sure help me. As a sponsor of this bill, I would love to have Governor Romney step up and reach out to his Republican colleagues in the Senate. We`ll be voting on Thursday. I would welcome his help.

SCHULTZ: Do you think the majority of people from your state in Michigan would support this?

STABENOW: No question.

SCHULTZ: Mitt Romney, from Michigan, with his father having quite a manufacturing tradition, won`t support it now. What does that say?STABENOW: I don`t know, but I can tell you this. Doesn`t matter if you`re a Democrat or a Republican in Michigan. We want jobs in Michigan.

And we don`t want to have the insult of helping to pay for jobs that are packed up and sent overseas. So this is very simple.

SCHULTZ: Great to have you with us tonight. Makes sense to me and I think a lot of Americans. We`ll see where it goes. We`ll score this to see what Republicans side with workers in this country.

There`s a lot more coming up in the next half hour of THE ED SHOW. Stay with us.


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