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Representative Chris Carney introduces made in America legislation

08.10.08

August 2008 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

Representative Chris Carney introduces made in America legislation

By PAUL TUCKER
theunionnewsswb@aol.com

August 3rd- Christopher Carney, Democratic United States Representative 10th Congressional District, introduced the bipartisan “Made in America Act” which will create tax cuts to support American companies that keep their jobs and businesses “made in America.”

Mr. Carney is serving his second year of a two-year term in Washington. He is being challenged in the November 4th election by Republican candidate Chris Hackett, who operates a Luzerne County job agency which specializes in finding nonunion workers for employers.

“We live in the greatest country in the world, and we know that America must stay competitive in the global market. We currently have one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world at thirty-five percent. We need tax cuts for jobs and businesses that are made in America. That is why the made in America Act commissions a study to determine ways to stop our younger generation from leaving our rural areas for larger cities,” said Mr. Carney.

Mr. Carney defeated incumbent Republican Congressman Don Sherwood in the 2006 election despite only around 38 percent of the district is registered Democratic.

Mr. Carney received most of the labor organization endorsements during the 2006 campaign and promised to support labor’s agenda while serving in the House of Representatives.

Voting to raise the federal minimum wage in January 2007 was the first opportunity Mr. Carney had to vote in favor of labor legislation. The House of Representatives voted 315 to 116 in favor of raising the minimum wage.

On July 24th the minimum wage increased to $6.55 per hour. The increase was the second of three provided by the enactment of the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007. A third minimum wage increase to $7.25 an hour will become effective on July 24th, 2009.

“I hear from families across northeast and central Pennsylvania that more needs to be done to prevent the brain drain in rural and small town America,’ said Mr. Carney about his introduced legislation.

The Made in America Act reinstates the Research and Development tax credit that expired in December 2007, and makes it permanent.

Mr. Carney voted in favor of passage of the organize union supported “Employee Free Choice Act” (EFCA) in 2007. The legislation would replace how union representation elections are conducted in workplaces with a “card check” system. Congress passed the legislation 241-185 but it failed in the United States Senate.

The legislation will likely be re-introduced in 2009.

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