THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S POSITION ON MOVING AMERICAN JOBS OVERSEAS

02/12/04

President Bush visited Pennsylvania today to talk about the economy. In January, the President backed legislation that cut off overtime pay protections for 8 million workers. And this month, in the face of the state losing 14 percent of its manufacturing jobs, the chair White House council of economic advisors issued a report which praised the outsourcing of jobs to other countries. John Halpin of the Center for American Progress discussed the Bush administration's position on outsourcing jobs. Under the headline "Bush Supports Shift of U.S. Jobs Overseas" the LA Times reported that the Bush Administration "embraced foreign outsourcing, an accelerating trend that has contributed to U.S. job losses in recent years." The Administration made the announcement even as analysts predict "as many as 2 million U.S. white-collar jobs" will be exported at a time when millions are already out of work. When asked whether the White House's top economic advisor who touted outsourcing should resign, the Administration said the mere suggestion was "laughable."

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