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INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody, retired labor leader Chuck Jones and Indiana State AFL-CIO President Brett Voorhies today highlighted Congressman Rokita’s, Congressman Messer’s and Rep. Braun’s records of supporting disastrous trade deals that hurt Hoosier workers at a press conference in Indianapolis.
At the press conference, Zody, Jones and Voorhies called out all three GOP Senate candidates for routinely supporting unfair trade policies that rig the playing field against Hoosier workers and make it easier for corporations to ship jobs out of the U.S.
- Congressman Messer accepted $1,000 from United Technologies PAC after UTC subsidiary Carrier announced it would lay off Hoosier workers and send their jobs to Mexico. He’s also claimed that our biggest problem with China was that we don’t have a free trade agreement with them and tried to stop efforts to label the country as a currency manipulator. He also voted at least twice to block legislation that would stop tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas.
- Congressman Rokitatook $3,000 from United Technologies PAC and then hung onto the money in the wake of UTC subsidiary Carrier’s decision to ship Hoosier jobs to Mexico. He repeatedly voted in favor of a massive new Asian trade deal, claiming it “paves the way” for even more unfair deals. He also failed to crack down on currency manipulation and voted at least twice to block legislation that would stop tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas and to stop corporate inversions.
- During his time in the Statehouse, Rep. Braun voted against an amendment that penalized companies like Carrier who took tax breaks from the Indiana government to invest in Hoosier workers and then shipped jobs overseas. During the GOP Senate debate, he flip-flopped and claimed he didn’t know where the manufacturers for his company were from. An AP report stated that Rep. Braun frequently imports foreign parts from China for his auto parts distributing company.
“Congressmen Messer and Rokita and Rep. Braun have all made it easier for companies like Carrier to lay off our workers. Two of them even have kept money from United Technologies as they tried to ship our jobs to other countries,” said Chuck Jones, retired labor leader. “We know all three of these men have supported policies that rig the system against us and in favor of their donors, and none of them ought to represent Indiana in the Senate.”
“Congressman Messer’s, Congressman Rokita’s and Rep. Braun’s histories supporting terrible trade policies makes clear they don’t support our workers or deserve our votes,” said Brett Voorhies, President of the Indiana State AFL-CIO. “As someone who proudly represents more than 300,000 union workers in Indiana, we need senators who put the needs of Hoosier workers before companies who ship jobs overseas. We’re going to work for the next eight months to make sure we have a senator who’ll go to bat to protect good-paying manufacturing jobs right here in Indiana.”
“With less than two months until the Republican Senate primary, Hoosiers need to know that all three GOP candidates have consistently supported disastrous trade policies that encourage companies to ship Indiana jobs overseas,” said John Zody, Chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party. “I’m glad to have champions for working Hoosiers here today to remind everyone that when it comes to trade, the GOP candidates and their mad policies aren’t looking out for working families.”
This press conference is part of Trade Madness, a three-week long series in which the IDP is highlighting Congressmen Messer’s and Rokita’s and Rep. Braun’s mad record of supporting disastrous trade deals and policies that make it easier to ship Hoosier jobs overseas.
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody issued the following statement after Governor Eric Holcomb declared his intention to call a special session.
“Governor Eric Holcomb’s special session is the $30,000/day cherry on top of Republicans’ ineptly-managed, visionless legislative session. Republican leadership incompetently steered session into a wall on the last lap. Now they’re asking taxpayers to foot the bill for another shot at passing their do-nothing agenda.
“Republicans couldn’t see fit to competently manage a process that would have increased school safety, while at the same time telling Hoosier children in the DCS system that they weren’t a high enough priority to warrant legislative action during session. It looks out-of-touch and like Republicans are trying to have it both ways. One thing is certain, lawmakers shouldn’t make vacation plans in June. If Holcomb wants to avoid being tagged a hypocrite, he’ll be calling lawmakers back to address the crisis at the Department of Child Services.”
SHOT: Congressman Rokita’s campaign press release: “Braun’s out-sourcing hypocrisy is not only blatant in his new ad, but proves he is the most shameless, duplicitous politician in this race… As the Associated Press pointed out just last week, Mike Braun has made his fortune selling [foreign auto parts] made in Mexico, China, Canada, and Germany, amongst other foreign suppliers.” [Rokita for U.S. Senate, 3/5/18]
CHASER: Congressman Rokita walks with a Jaguar bearing his name at the Indianapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade today:
INDIANAPOLIS – Congressmen Rokita and Messer and Rep. Braun all have a pattern of watching Hoosier jobs be shipped out of the country while simultaneously supporting the types of trade policies that enable those layoffs to happen.
Since 2013, all three candidates on numerous occasions have vocally supported or voted in favor of trade legislation that contributed to the outsourcing of thousands of Hoosier jobs, as a new timeline detailing the candidates’ trade policies shows. What makes their actions especially disturbing, however, is that their support for these terrible trade policies came right as corporations were actively laying off Indiana workers. Instead of focusing on the Hoosiers who lost jobs to cheap foreign labor, Congressmen Messer and Rokita and Rep. Braun continued praising the same disastrous trade policies that allowed for these layoffs to happen in the first place.
Below are highlights from the IDP’s timeline that demonstrate a concerning and consistent pattern from all three candidates of turning a blind eye to laid-off workers and supporting harmful trade deals:
- AUGUST 2013: Just days after a group of Indiana workers claimed their jobs were being shifted to China, Congressman Rokita proclaimed his support for a pan-Asian trade deal.
- JULY 2014: Less than a month before Vera Bradley announced it would send 150 Hooser jobs overseas, Congressmen Messer and Rokita voted to block a bill to end tax breaks for companies that outsource.
- JUNE 2015: Three months before Marujun announced it would lay off 765 Hoosier workers and shift production to Japan, Congressmen Messer and Rokita voted twice in favor of “fast track” trade authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which included Japan.
- MARCH 2016: One month after United Technologies announced it would shift its Indianapolis Carrier plant operations to Mexico, Rep. Braun voted to allow outsourcers to keep tax breaks paid by the Indiana government.
- APRIL 2017: Congressman Messer claimed to support free trade in the same month Rexnord planned to shut down its Indianapolis plant and send those jobs to Mexico.
For more information, and the rest of the timeline, click HERE.
This release is part of Trade Madness, a three-week long series in which the IDP is highlighting Congressmen Messer’s and Rokita’s and Rep. Braun’s mad record of supporting disastrous trade deals and policies that make it easier to ship Hoosier jobs overseas.