INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana senator and longtime critic of outsourcing
jobs to foreign countries announced Friday that he's selling his stock in
his brother's arts and crafts company after The Associated Press reported it
manufactures some products in Mexico.
Democrat Joe Donnelly said in a campaign news release that he made the
statement to reporters at the Indiana Black Expo luncheon. Donnelly said he
hasn't had an active role in the company for 20 years but was taking the
action to avoid allowing the issue to become "a distraction from our work to
end outsourcing and keep American jobs here instead of shipping them to
AP reported Thursday that Donnelly made at least $15,001 in dividends last
year on $50,000 of stock in Stewart Superior, which used Mexican workers to
was highly critical of Carrier, an air conditioner and furnace maker,
accusing it of exploiting $3-an-hour workers when it announced plans last
year to wind down operations in Indiana and move to Mexico.
praised then President-elect Donald Trump in November for reaching a deal
that saved 800 of the jobs.
Donnelly has sponsored a bill, titled the End Outsourcing Act, that aims to
make it more difficult to transfer jobs to other countries.
real issue we need to focus on, days before 300 Carrier workers in
Indianapolis face layoffs, is how we can keep manufacturing here in
Indiana," he said in the news release, urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch
McConnell to bring the bill to the floor next week.