GOP wants to keep ‘outsourcing’ law, says GOP lawmaker
The Republican-led Congress has approved a new bill that would make outsourcing a federal crime.
The measure, the Outsourcing Prevention Act, was approved by the House of Representatives on Wednesday and is expected to be signed by President Donald Trump.
The bill is aimed at cracking down on outsourcing and says it is intended to protect workers and their families from “unjust and discriminatory” practices.
“The Outsourcing Protection Act of 2017 is designed to prevent unlawful retaliation and abuse by outsourcing and other business practices that are designed to reduce, avoid, or mitigate the consequences of outsourcing,” the bill says.
The legislation comes as Trump prepares to sign an executive order requiring U.S. companies to pay workers at least $1.25 an hour and to offer paid sick leave.
The Trump administration said earlier this month it would cut the $3.5 billion in annual federal spending on outsourcing.
Trump signed a controversial executive order last week that would allow the U.N. General Assembly to impose sanctions on foreign countries for doing business with the United States.
The move came amid concerns about China’s economic slowdown and its continued use of “blue-skies” outsourcing.