Ted Deutch on Corporations
Voted NO on workforce training by state block grants & industry partners.
Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act or SKILLS Act:
Opponent's Argument for voting No:
- Reauthorizes appropriations workforce investment systems for job training and employment services.
- Requires a plan describe:
- strategies and services to more fully engage employers and meet their needs, as well as those to assist at-risk youth and out-of-school youth in acquiring education, skills, credentials, and employment experience;
- how the state board will convene industry or sector partnerships that lead to collaborative planning;
- how the state will use technology to facilitate access to services in remote areas;
- state actions to foster partnerships with non-profit organizations that provide employment-related services; and
- the methodology for determining one-stop partner program contributions for the cost of the infrastructure of one-stop centers.
- Repeals title VI (Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities)
National League of Cities op-ed, "H.R. 803 fails because it would:"
Reference: SKILLS Act;
Bill H.R. 803
; vote number 13-HV075
on Mar 15, 2013
- Undermine the local delivery system that has been the cornerstone of job training programs
- Establish a program that is based on political boundaries (states) rather than on economic regions and local labor markets, or the naturally evolving areas in which workers find paying work
- Eliminate a strong role for local elected officials but require that they continue to be fiscally liable for funds spent in their local areas
- Change what was once a program targeted to those most in need--economically disadvantaged adults and youth and special population groups like veterans, migrant farm workers, and low income seniors--into a block grant to governors
- Contribute to the emerging division between those American's who have the requisite skills to find employment and those who do not.
Rated 100% by UFCW, indicating an anti-management/pro-labor record.
Deutch scores 100% by UFCW on labor-management issues
The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) is North America's Neighborhood Union--1.3 million members with UFCW locals in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. Our members work in supermarkets, drug stores, retail stores, meatpacking and meat processing plants, food processing plants, and manufacturing workers who make everything from fertilizer to shoes. We number over 60,000 strong with 25,000 workers in chemical production and 20,000 who work in garment and textile industries.
The UFCW House scorecard is based on these key votes:
Source: UFCW website 12-UFCW-H on May 2, 2012
- (+) Extension of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)
- (+) H. Am. 877 Bishop Am. to HR 3094, penalties for lawsuits against unionization
- (+) H. Am. 880 Jackson-Lee Am. to HR 3094, preventing delays in union votes
- (-) Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, freezing public salaries
- (-) Regulation from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, for less corporate regulation
- (-) Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act
- (-) Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act, letting CEOs fire union organizers
Sponsored enforcing against corporate offshore tax haven banking.
Deutch co-sponsored Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act
Congressional Summary:Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act: to impose restrictions on foreign jurisdictions or financial institutions operating in the US that are of prime money laundering concern or that significantly impede US tax enforcement.
- treat foreign corporations controlled primarily in the US, as domestic corporations for tax purposes
- require tax withholding agents and financial institutions to report certain information about owners of foreign-owned financial accounts,
- treat swap payments sent offshore as taxable US source income,
- increase penalties for promoting abusive tax shelters and for aiding and abetting the understatement of tax liability
- prohibit tax advisor contingent fee agreements for obtaining a tax savings or benefit
- requires corporations registered with the SEC to report annually, on a country-by country basis, on employees, pre-tax gross revenues, and payments made to foreign governments
- authorizes a fine of up to $1 million for failure to disclose any holding or transaction involving a foreign entity that would otherwise be subject to disclosure requirements
- publishes a rule requiring investment advisors to establish anti-money laundering programs and submit suspicious activity reports
- Extends anti-money laundering requirements to persons engaged in the business of forming new businesses or other legal entities.
Proponent's argument for bill: (by Jubilee USA Network, a religious antipoverty organization):
"The religious community couldn't be more pleased with this vital legislation that protects poor people inside and outside our borders. This legislation means that corporations can't rob billions of dollars from poor people across the globe. A critical piece of the legislation is country-by-country reporting of corporate payments to governments. Reporting at this level sheds light on the tax dodging that hurts all of us."
Source: H.R.1554 / S.268 13-H1554 on Apr 15, 2013
Reform bankruptcy to protect jobs and retirement.
Deutch co-sponsored Protecting Employees and Retirees in Business Bankruptcies Act
The Congress finds the following:
Source: H.R.100 13-HR0100 on Jan 3, 2013
- Business bankruptcies have increased sharply in recent years and remain at high levels. These bankruptcies include several of the largest business bankruptcy filings in history. As the use of bankruptcy has expanded, job preservation and retirement security are placed at greater risk.
- Laws enacted to improve recoveries for employees and retirees and limit their losses in bankruptcy cases have not kept pace with the increasing and broader use of bankruptcy by businesses in all sectors of the economy. However, while protections for employees and retirees in bankruptcy cases have eroded, management compensation plans devised for those in charge of troubled businesses have become more prevalent and are escaping adequate scrutiny.
- Changes in the law regarding these matters are urgently needed as bankruptcy is used to address increasingly more complex and diverse conditions affecting troubled businesses and industries.
Corporate political spending is not free speech.
Deutch sponsored Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United
- Whereas the right to vote in public elections belongs only to natural persons, so shall the ability to make contributions and expenditures to influence the outcome of public elections belong only to natural persons.
- Nothing in this Constitution shall be construed to restrict the power of Congress and the States to protect the integrity and fairness of the electoral process, limit the corrupting influence of private wealth in public elections, and guarantee the dependence of elected officials on the people alone by taking actions which may include the establishment of systems of public financing for elections, or the imposition of requirements to ensure the disclosure of [election] contributions and expenditures.
- Nothing in this Article shall be construed to alter the freedom of the press.
Opponents recommend voting NO because:[Supreme Court majority opinion in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, for which
the Constitutional Amendment is proposed as a remedy. The FEC had ruled that the movie "Hillary", released in 2008 to persuade voters against Hillary Clinton, was illegal because it was a disguised campaign contribution made by a corporation. The Supreme Court overruled the FEC]:
Modern day movies might portray public officials in unflattering ways. Yet if a covered transmission [is broadcast] during the blackout period, a felony occurs solely because a corporation, [instead of a candidate or donors, paid] in order to engage in political speech. Speech would be suppressed in the realm where its necessity is most evident: in the public dialogue preceding a real election. Governments are often hostile to speech, but it seems stranger than fiction for our Government to make this political speech a crime. Some members of the public might consider Hillary to be insightful and instructive; some might find it to be [unfair]; those assessments, however, are not for the Government to make.
Source: H.J.RES.34 / S.J.RES.11 14_HJR34 on Mar 12, 2013
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