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RELEASE: CAP Action President Neera Tanden Joins Senators, USW to Announce ‘Trump Outsource Watch’
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RELEASE: CAP Action President Neera Tanden Joins Senators, USW to Announce ‘Trump Outsource Watch’

Jobs numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics do not track the number of American jobs shipped overseas; new effort will seek to hold Trump administration accountable for his promises to American workers.

CAP Action President Neera Tanden today joined senators and the United Steelworkers to tell President-elect Trump to keep his pledge to American workers and prevent outsourcing.

Washington, D.C. — Today, Center for American Progress Action Fund President Neera Tanden joined Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI), and United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard for a press conference to announce “Trump Outsource Watch,” a new effort to prevent jobs from going overseas and hold President-elect Donald Trump accountable next year for his promises to protect American workers. Trump Outsource Watch will track how many jobs are getting shipped overseas under President Trump’s watch.

“Throughout the presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised that he would keep American jobs from being shipped overseas. Frankly, it’s hard to trust Trump’s tough talk on outsourcing when his own business products have been made in 12 other countries,” said Neera Tanden, President and CEO of CAP Action. “Trump should be held accountable to the promises he made during the campaign. That’s why CAP Action is going to launch Trump Outsource Watch, which will tell American workers how many jobs are getting shipped overseas on his watch. With Trump Outsource Watch, American workers will be able to see if the president-elect is as good of a negotiator as he claims to be—and just who he is negotiating for.”

“Senate Democrats have tried time and time again to pass measures that would stop American jobs from being shipped overseas, only to be stymied by the Senate’s current leadership,” said Sen. Schumer. “The president-elect ran and won on a promise to stop outsourcing, and we challenge him to keep his word. He should pursue serious policy changes that will prevent companies from moving overseas.”

“We know that if given a level playing field, American workers will make the best products every time, and that’s why we need strong trade enforcement, a tax code that benefits hardworking Americans and clear policies that support the small businesses and manufacturers at the heart of our economy,” said Sen. Peters. “I’m proud to help announce CAP Action’s Trump Outsourcing Watch to make sure American workers know we are fighting on their behalf and to hold President-elect Trump accountable for his promises to the American people.”

The Trump Outsource Watch, which will launch next year after President-elect Trump takes office, will use media reports, regulatory filings, and other resources to count the number of jobs lost from offshoring under Trump and put the information on a website so people can easily access the information and even add their own stories. The purpose is for American voters and workers to use the website as a resource to track offshoring under Trump so they can hold him accountable if he breaks his promises to them.

For more information or to speak with an expert, contact Allison Preiss at apreiss1@americanprogressaction.org or 202.478.6331.