House Republicans have proudly touted their America Speaking Out website — which allows visitors to suggest and vote on various policy prescriptions — as a new and innovative way to involve the American people in the democratic process and the creation of federal policy. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) said the site is “revolutionizing the way we govern by engaging the American people and seeking your ideas for making things better.” Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) said that America Speaking Out proves “the Democrat [sic] majority isn’t listening, but House Republicans will.”
But Republicans might want to look at what’s garnering interest on their own site, as the proposal receiving the most “interest” (and the second highest number of overall votes) in the job creation section is to “stop the outsourcing of jobs from America to other countries that do not pay taxes into the U.S. and stop the tax breaks that are given to these companies that are outsourcing.” Here’s a screenshot (from 5:27 p.m. yesterday):
As The Wonk Room explains, Democrats have proposed multiple pieces of legislation closing corporation tax loopholes that encourage the offshoring of jobs, and Republicans have opposed each one. So if America is speaking out so loud and clear, why aren’t Republicans listening?