U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, has introduced Congressman Pete Visclosky a
bill which would ban any form of federal assistance to businesses which lay
off a greater percentage of their U.S. workers than of those in other
The bill is entitled the Fighting for American Jobs Act of 2011, according
to a statement released by Visclosky’s office on Tuesday.
“During these difficult economic times, we must fight for every single
American job,” Visclosky said. “Companies that lay off American workers and
choose to outsource jobs should not be eligible to receive resources from
the federal government. This measure would put American jobs for American
workers at the forefront of the agenda of any company that receives federal
In particular, Visclosky’s bill would require businesses that receiving
publicly-funded grants, loans, and assistance to declare their number of
employees, both in the U.S. and abroad, and declare as well the percentage
of their workforce laid off or forced to retire each year, both in the U.S.
With this information available to the federal government, the measure would
then prohibit federal assistance to businesses which laid off in the
previous year a greater percentage of workers in the U.S. than overseas.
“At this time, the federal government does not keep an accurate accounting
of federal subsidies that go to companies that outsource American jobs,” the
Visclosky submitted the legislation to the clerk of the House, who will soon
assign a bill number. The Speaker of the House will then refer the bill to
the relevant committee.