End Offshoring of Jobs
Current Status: FalteringAs of
"Establishes tariffs to discourage companies from laying off their workers in order to relocate in other countries and ship their products back to the U.S. tax-free."
- Part of Trump's End The Offshoring Act
"If I was president, I’d say, “Congratulations. I understand that you’re building a nice $2.5 billion car factory in Mexico and that you’re going to take your cars and sell them to the United States zero tax, just flow them across the border.” And you say to yourself, “How does that help us,” right? “How does that help us? Where is that good”? It’s not. So I would say, “Congratulations. That’s the good news. Let me give you the bad news. Every car and every truck and every part manufactured in this plant that comes across the border, we’re going to charge you a 35-percent tax, and that tax is going to be paid simultaneously with the transaction, and that’s it."
- Donald Trump's presidential announcement speech, June 2015
It may seem hard to do without backing from Congress. But actually, Trump doesn't even need Congress to approve it.
Additionally, although there have not yet been any changes in policy Trump's promise has had an effect on some businesses as of December 2016.
As much as the Carrier deal in December 2016 was touted as a Trump victory against offshoring, it is worthy of note that the Carrier situation was quite different in that Trump recently had significant holdings with Carrier's parent company, United Technologies, and the company operates in Indiana - the home state of vice-president-elect Pence- and received incentives from the state as part of the deal. The deal was more about leveraging unique incentives than any Trump policy, may not have been as much of a victory as has been portrayed, and is not necessarily a sustainable approach.
As of April 2017, Trump has yet to make any moves to thwart offshoring by government contractors or to indicate support for any of the anti-offshoring legislation in Congress, including the End Outsourcing Act introduced by Sens. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.) and Rep. David McKinley's (R-W.Va.) Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act of 2017.
During 2018, the Trump administration enacted policies of increased tariffs, particularly against China, but also affecting North American trade partners in Canada and Mexico as well as the EU. As a response to these actions, import duties were enacted in kind against the US, prompting numerous American companies to announce job transfers, layoffs, and factory closings. Trade war impacts were seen in companies like Harley Davidson, General Motors, and many more American companies.