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Pat Toomey on Jobs

Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative (PA-15)


Taxes & spending have a chilling effect on creating jobs

In responding to the first question--the most pressing one faced by the nation--"How do you bring jobs back to Pennsylvania?", Sestak criticized the Bush administration's China policy and attacked his opponent for supporting it. "Corporations have gone overseas. My opponent, for example, voted that if a corporation shuts down its factory here in Pennsylvania; fires its employees; and then invests in a factory in China; and then cheap goods come in, often illegally subsidized by China; then no tax is given to the process of that large corporation, where jobs have gone overseas."

Toomey accused Sestak of supporting policies of bigger spending and higher taxes. He argued that such policies are have "a chilling effect on our ability to create jobs." Sestak attacked Toomey's pro-business stance. Pointing to the backdrop of the debate hall, Sestak said, "It says above us in Constitution Hall, 'We the People.' Not, 'We the Corporations'"

Source: Epoch Times coverage of 2010 PA Senate debate , Oct 23, 2010

Government cannot create jobs, except by cutting taxes

There is no more important issue today than the economic recession and the rising unemployment rate. But government bureaucrats cannot create sustainable jobs. When they try to create jobs by spending taxpayer dollars, they merely take money out of the private sector that would be better spent in the marketplace by the people who earned it.

Worse, the current Congress is favoring policies that actually discourage job growth. Instead of encouraging businesses to hire new employees, Washington is threatening new and heavy costs and burdens on businesses. If these policies are enacted, Pennsylvania businesses won't be able to hire new employees and may even be forced to lay off workers to survive.

Instead, the government should be making it less expensive and easier for businesses to hire people. It can do this by cutting taxes and decreasing regulation.

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, toomeyforsenate.com, "Issues" , Dec 25, 2009

Voted YES on end offshore tax havens and promote small business.

American Jobs Creation Act of 2004: <0l>
  • Repeal the tax exclusion for extraterritorial income - Permits foreign corporations to revoke elections to be treated as U.S. corporations Business Tax Incentives - Small Business ExpensingTax Relief for Agriculture and Small Manufacturers
  • Tax Reform and Simplification for United States Businesses
  • Deduction of State and Local General Sales Taxes
  • Fair and Equitable Tobacco Reform
  • Provisions to Reduce Tax Avoidance Through Individual and Corporation Expatriation
    Reference: Bill sponsored by Bill Rep Thomas [R, CA-22]; Bill H.R.4520 ; vote number 2004-509 on Oct 7, 2004

    Voted NO on $167B over 10 years for farm price supports.

    Vote to authorize $167 billion over ten years for farm price supports, food aid and rural development. Payments would be made on a countercyclical program, meaning they would increase as prices dropped. Conservation acreage payments would be retained.
    Bill HR 2646 ; vote number 2001-371 on Oct 5, 2001

    Voted YES on zero-funding OSHA's Ergonomics Rules instead of $4.5B.

    Vote to pass a resolution to give no enforcement authority or power to ergonomics rules submitted by the Labor Department during the Clinton Administration. These rules would force businesses to take steps to prevent work-related repetitive stress disorders.
    Reference: Sponsored by Nickles, R-OK; Bill S J Res 6 ; vote number 2001-33 on Mar 7, 2001

    Rated 13% by the AFL-CIO, indicating an anti-union voting record.

    Toomey scores 13% by the AFL-CIO on union issues

    As the federation of America’s unions, the AFL-CIO includes more than 13 million of America’s workers in 60 member unions working in virtually every part of the economy. The mission of the AFL-CIO is to improve the lives of working families to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our nation. To accomplish this mission we will build and change the American labor movement.

    The following ratings are based on the votes the organization considered most important; the numbers reflect the percentage of time the representative voted the organization's preferred position.

    Source: AFL-CIO website 03n-AFLCIO on Dec 31, 2003

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