Republicans have launched false attacks alleging money from the federal stimulus program has gone to support China in an effort to cover up their own support for outsourcing American jobs, Democrats say.
Republicans allege that funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, enacted shortly after President Obama took office last year, have gone to build windmills in China.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) quotes a TV ad produced by its Republican counterpart, the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRSC), as saying, “The stimulus bill sent more than a billion American tax dollars overseas. Many to China, where Chinese workers were paid to build wind turbines.”
That’s not true, the DCCC says, citing the Politifact website.
“It’s incorrect to say that any stimulus money has gone to Chinese turbine manufacturers, let alone 80 percent of the $2 billion spent on renewable energy projects,” Politifact says.
The wind farm that the NRCC attacked has not received any Recovery Act funding. The proposed wind farm the NRCC criticized has never received any Recovery Act funds and hasn’t even applied for funding. The Charleston Daily Mail newspaper reported that the Department of Energy confirmed that, “the wind farm had yet to file an application for stimulus funds.”
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) found that, “100% of Recovery Act money goes to wind projects built in the US” and, “Every penny of the money from the Recovery Act is provided as a tax credit for investment in American wind projects built in the U.S.”
AWEA is the independent trade association for the wind power industry.
Meanwhile, it is Republicans who have supported continued outsourcing of U.S. jobs. GOP lawmakers have opposed legislation that would have ended federal tax breaks that provide companies with incentives for off-shoring American jobs.
Senate Republicans last month filibustered a bill to end those tax breaks, and replace them with tax credits to provide incentives for companies to bring jobs back to the United States.
Nearly 30 percent of American manufacturing jobs disappeared during the eight years of the Bush administration, according to Sen. Bernie Sanders, a left-leaning Vermont independent who supported the anti-outsourcing bill blocked by the GOP. There are now fewer than 12 million manufacturing jobs in the United States –- fewer factory jobs than at any time since the beginning of World War II, he says.
Democrats must defend their congressional majorities in fewer than four weeks in the critical 2010 midterm elections. Republicans are hoping economic anxiety and a deeply sour mood among voters help them recapture at least one house of Congress to thwart Obama and his Democratic allies.
The publisher of the news site On The Hill, Scott Nance has covered Congress and the federal government for more than a decade.