Giannoulias highlights record of saving Illinois jobs

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Says Congressman Kirk Keeps Voting to Ship Them Overseas to Countries Like China


METRO EAST – Joined by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin on the second day of his Illinois Jobs Tour, U.S. Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias highlighted the stark contrast between his record of standing up to corporate special interests to keep jobs in Illinois while his opponent Congressman Mark Kirk has been in Washington repeatedly voting to protect corporate tax loop holes that ship American jobs overseas to countries like China. With 75 days until Election Day, Alexi continues to highlight Congressman Mark Kirk’s failed record of supporting the Bush economic policies that led to the loss of 8 million jobs, the doubling of the national debt and the worst recession in 75 years.
“Just last week Congressman Kirk voted once again to protect tax loopholes that allow corporations to ship jobs overseas to countries like China,” said Giannoulias. “Unlike my opponent I have stood up to corporate special interests and Wall Street banks to keep American jobs right here where they belong — in Illinois.”
During the tour, Giannoulias continues to highlight his plans to create the next generation of good-paying jobs, helping small businesses access capital so that they can grow, and rooting out the corporate special interests that plague Washington. 

Giannoulias’ FutureWorks plan can be read in full at

“Illinois families can trust Alexi to fight every day to keep their jobs here in Illinois while Congressman Kirk will only continue to support the failed Bush policies that have led to jobs bleeding out of the United States to countries like China,” said Senator Durbin. “Illinoisans now more than ever need leadership they can trust, not more of the same typical politicians like Congressman Kirk, who take corporate special interest money hand over fist and then vote their way every single time.”
Senator Durbin is joining the tour for select stops on August 19 and August 20. Giannoulias will visit the following cities and towns in Illinois: Bloomington/Normal, Cairo, Carbondale, Chester, Decatur, Du Quoin, Alton, East St. Louis, Effingham, Harrisburg, Mascoutah, Metropolis, Mt. Vernon, Pana, Springfield, and Waterloo.


  • Kirk voted for billions in tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas and for oil companies.  [HR1586, Vote 518, 8/10/10; HR4213, Vote 324, 5/28/10; HR6, Vote 445, 7/28/05; HR 4297, Vote 109, 4/27/06; Vote 258, 6/17/04; HR3090, Vote 404, 10/24/2001; HR3529, Vote 509, 12/19/01]
  • Kirk voted to give benefits to corporations that locate offshore to dodge U.S. taxes.  [HR4520, Vote 258, 6/17/04]
  • Kirk voted against prohibiting corporate inversion.  [HR4931, Vote 247, 6/21/02]
  • In May 2010, Kirk voted against HR4213-the American Jobs, Closing Tax Loopholes and Preventing Outsourcing Act, which would extend unemployment benefits and Recovery Act provisions and close loopholes for companies that ship jobs overseas.  [HR4213, Vote 324, 5/28/10]
  • Kirk voted against penalizing companies that lay off a greater percentage of their U.S. workers than workers overseas.  [HR2871, Vote 120, 5/1/02]
  • Kirk voted to give billions in tax breaks to financial corporations that have overseas operations.  [HR3529, Vote 509, 12/19/01]
  • Kirk voted against providing extra assistance to individuals who have lost their jobs to outsourcing.  [HR27, Vote 47, 3/2/05]

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