17 Days: NC unemployment reaches six year high at 7%

DAY 17

In the month of September, unemployment in North Carolina hit 7 percent – the highest it has been in six years. More North Carolinians than ever are searching for work, but what did Elizabeth Dole to keep good-paying jobs here and help those looking for work? She voted for the NAFTA trade model that has cost North Carolina thousands of jobs. She voted against extending unemployment benefits seven times. And she voted against funding workforce training 3 times. Out of touch with North Carolina and too busy supporting the special interests, Elizabeth Dole just doesn’t get it.

Dole Voted Against Extending Unemployment Benefits Seven Times. In the U.S. Senate, Dole voted against extending federal unemployment benefits seven times. [Vote 85, 3/25/03; Vote 199, 5/23/03; Vote 269, 7/10/03; Vote 14, 1/22/03; Vote 152, 5/15/03; Vote 162, 5/15/03; Vote 160, 5/15/03]

Dole Voted Against Funding For Workforce Training Three Times. In the U.S. Senate, Elizabeth Dole has voted against increased funding for workforce training under the Workforce Investment Act three times. [Vote 102, 3/25/03; Vote 325, 9/4/03; Vote 24, 1/23/03]

DOLE ADVOCATED FOR EXPANDING THE NAFTA TRADE MODEL, WHILE NAFTA HAS COST NORTH CAROLINA THOUSANDS OF JOBS

North Carolina Has Lost More Jobs Than Any Other State As A Result Of Free Trade. North Carolina, since 1994, “has lost more jobs than any other state as a direct result of agreements that reduce and remove import quotas, tariffs and other barriers to free trade,” according to a 2002 report by the Raleigh News & Observer. The article also noted that “the pain [of free trade] is spreading rapidly beyond the displaced workers and their families. From the coast to the Piedmont to the mountains, dozens of communities reel from the loss of their largest employers.” [Raleigh News & Observer, 8/18/02]

Dole Supported Expanding NAFTA Model. During her remarks to the Detroit Economic Club in 1999, Elizabeth Dole said, “I’m calling for a free trade zone for the entire Western Hemisphere. Nothing could make a great contribution to growing the economies of all the Americans.” She also argued that the United States must lower trade barriers “by expanding NAFTA” to Latin America. [Elizabeth Dole, Remarks to the Detroit Economic Club, 4/29/99]

Dole Voted To Expand The NAFTA Trade Model. In the U.S. Senate, Dole voted for CAFTA twice as well as free trade agreements with Peru, Chile, and Australia. [Vote 169, 6/29/05; Vote 170, 6/30/05; Vote 413, 12/04/07; Vote 319, 7/31/03; Vote 156, 7/15/04]

DOLE SUPPORTED REWARDING COMPANIES THAT SEND NORTH CAROLINA JOBS OVERSEAS

Dole Voted In Favor Of Tax Breaks For Companies That Send Jobs Overseas. In 2005, Dole voted against an amendment that would repeal $3.2 billion in tax incentives for domestic companies that move their manufacturing plants to offshore locations. In 2004, Dole voted against an amendment that would have struck $39 billion in tax breaks on overseas income and provided an immediate 9 percent tax deduction for domestic manufacturers. In 2004, Dole also voted against prohibiting American tax dollars from being used to ship jobs outside the country. [Vote 63, 3/17/05; Vote 90, 5/11/04; Vote 41, 3/11/04]

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