The Big Fail: Schumer vs Obama

- July 12, 2012

The White House Says Money From The Stimulus Didn’t Create Jobs Overseas But Schumer And Other Dems Have A Beef With That



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Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA), And Jon Tester (D-MT) “Said That More Than Three-Fourths Of $2 Billion Spent On Wind-Energy Projects Supported By The Stimulus Package Had Gone To Foreign Companies.” “The senators said that more than three-fourths of $2 billion spent on wind-energy projects supported by the stimulus package had gone to foreign companies. They said that effectively undercut the purpose of the stimulus program — formally known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — which is to jump-start the American economy and create jobs here.” (John M. Broder, “Senators Want ‘Buy American’ Rule In Stimulus,” The New York Times’ “Green,” 3/3/10)

Sen. Schumer Attacked The Use Of Stimulus Fund For Foreign Wind Turbines: “There’s Ten Percent Unemployment And This Goes Beyond Almost Anything Else Because It’s Federal Tax Dollars, The Stimulus, Which Was Sold As Jobs In America.” REPORTER: “It doesn’t matter who’s in the Oval Office you always get strong pushback. It always seems like things don’t happen. Any reason to believe it’s any different this time?” SEN. SCHUMER: “There’s ten percent unemployment and this goes beyond almost anything else because it’s federal tax dollars, the stimulus, which was sold as jobs in America.” (Sen. Chuck Schumer, Sen. Bob Casey, and Sen. Sherrod Brown, Press Conference, Washington, D.C., 3/3/10)

  • Sen. Schumer Said The Issue Was “So Outrageous, It Just Makes Your Blood Boil.” “Now, we're here today to discuss something so outrageous, it just makes your blood boil. In west Texas, there is a $1.5-billion wind- energy project about to receive $450 million in stimulus grants even though it's creating 3,000 jobs in China and a fraction of those jobs -- a few hundred -- in the United States.” (Sen. Chuck Schumer, Sen. Bob Casey, and Sen. Sherrod Brown, Press Conference, Washington, D.C., 3/3/10)

Sen. Brown: “Can You Imagine The Chinese Communist Party Passing A Stimulus Package And Importing Goods From The United States? Can You Imagine The Chinese Pushing For Spending Their Tax Dollars Buying American Goods? Of Course Not.” SEN. BROWN: “Can you imagine the Chinese communist party passing a stimulus package and importing goods from the United States? Can you imagine the Chinese pushing for spending their tax dollars buying American goods? Of course not.”  (Sen. Chuck Schumer, Sen. Bob Casey, and Sen. Sherrod Brown, Press Conference, Washington, D.C., 3/3/10)

  • Sen. Brown: “Ten Years From Now, We're Going To Look Back And We're Going To Say: Why Did We Give Away Our Industrial Base? Why Did We Outsource Our Steel And Our Chemicals And Our Wind Turbine And Solar Panel Manufacturing?” “Ten years from now, we're going to look back and we're going to say: Why did we give away our industrial base? Why did we outsource our steel and our chemicals and our wind turbine and solar panel manufacturing?” (Sen. Chuck Schumer, Sen. Bob Casey, and Sen. Sherrod Brown, Press Conference, Washington, D.C.,  3/3/10)

Sen. Casey On The Stimulus: “Unfortunately, A Lot Of The Money That Has Gone Out Already Has Gone To Foreign Firms.” SEN. CASEY: “Well there’s a section of the recovery bill where dollars go to companies that are creating clean energy jobs.  The problem we have now is that we’ve got lots and lots of companies that are benefiting, but unfortunately too many of them are overseas, in China and other places around the world. We want to make a correction to the Recovery bill so that we are creating American jobs with American tax dollars. And unfortunately, a lot of the money that has gone out already has gone to subsidize foreign firms.” (Fox News’ “On The Record w Greta VanSusteren,” 3/3/10)

  • Sen. Casey: “Well, it makes no sense when we have the ability, we have the workers, the skill, the knowledge to create those jobs in America.” (Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” 3/10/10)

The Obama Administration’s Response Was “Not Good Enough”

Sen. Schumer Said The Administration’s Response To Their Complaints Was “Not Good Enough.” "‘Some of us complained about this to the administration back in November when this project was first announced, so it's not that they don't know about it, but the Energy Department in their reply said they were powerless to stop it because projects like this are automatically eligible for the grants. That answer is not good enough,’ Schumer said.” (Meredith Shiner, “Stimulus Money Goes Overseas,” Politico, 3/3/10) 

  • Sen. Schumer: “The Goal Of The Stimulus Is To Strengthen The American Economy, And That Means Creating Jobs Here In The U.S. Not In China." “‘The goal of the stimulus is to strengthen the American economy, and that means creating jobs here in the U.S. not in China.’" (Meredith Shiner, “Stimulus Money Goes Overseas,” Politico, 3/3/10) 
  • Sen. Casey On The Obama Administration: “We Shouldn’t Have To Legislate On This, They Should Correct This On Their Own.” SEN. CASEY: “We shouldn’t have to legislate on this, they should correct this on their own.” (Fox News’ “On The Record w Greta VanSusteren,” 3/3/10)


During The First Two Rounds Of 1603 Awards, 695 Of The 982 Installed Wind Turbines Were Manufactured By Foreign Companies. “In the case of these 11 wind farms, according to data provided by the companies themselves in regulatory filings and collected by the American Wind Energy Association, 982 turbines were installed – 695 of them were manufactured by a foreign company.” (Russ Choma, “Overseas Firms Collecting Most Green Energy Money,” Investigative Reporting Workshop, 10/29/09)

The Investigative Reporting Workshops’ Russ Choma: “Most Of The Jobs Are Going Overseas … According To Our Estimates, About 6,000 Jobs Have Been Created Overseas, And Maybe A Couple Hundred Have Been Created In The U.S.” “‘Most of the jobs are going overseas,’ said Russ Choma at the Investigative Reporting Workshop. He analyzed which foreign firms had accepted the most stimulus money. ‘According to our estimates, about 6,000 jobs have been created overseas, and maybe a couple hundred have been created in the U.S.’” (Jonathan Karl, “New Wind Farms In The U.S. Do Not Bring Jobs,” ABC News, 2/9/10)

  • Robert Scott Of The Economic Policy Institute: “It’s Outsourcing.” SCOTT: “It’s outsourcing and that’s one of the problems we have because some of stimulus dollars and some of the other government spending, for example the Department of Energy, has what we call leaked offshore.” (CNN’s “Situation Room,” 7/11/12)

A Department Of Energy Study Found “That 60 Percent Of The 40 Largest Wind Farms Then Financed By The Stimulus Relied On Foreign Manufacturers For Their Central Components, Including Turbines.” “According to some critics, a galling example of the Obama administration fostering overseas work came as part the 2009 stimulus program. They point to millions of dollars meant to develop a domestic clean-energy industry that instead landed in the hands of foreign businesses. An April 2010 study by the Energy Department found that 60 percent of the 40 largest wind farms then financed by the stimulus relied on foreign manufacturers for their central components, including turbines.” (Tom Hamburger, Carol D. Leonnig and Zachary A. Goldfarb, “Obama’s Record On Outsourcing Draws Criticism From The Left,” The Washington Post, 7/9/12)

“The Apollo Alliance Estimates That Some 70 Percent Of America’s Renewable Energy Systems And Components Are Manufactured Abroad.” “The Apollo Alliance estimates that some 70 percent of America’s renewable energy systems and components are manufactured abroad. If America continues to import 70 percent of the clean energy systems and component parts demanded by new investments in renewable energy, it stands to lose out on an estimated 100,000 clean energy manufacturing jobs between now and 2015, and potentially a quarter million manufacturing jobs by 2030. Apparently, the case of the controversial West Texas wind farm was not an aberration; it was typical for the renewable energy world.” (“Winning the Race: How America Can Lead the Global Clean Energy Economy,” The Apollo Alliance and Good Jobs First, 3/4/10) 

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