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More Empty Jobs Promises To Upstate New York

- March 31, 2016

As Clinton Campaigns In Upstate New York, We Look At Her Record Of Broken Promises And Past Support For The Outsourcing Of American Jobs

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TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Today, Clinton will tout her manufacturing jobs plan at a roundtable event in Syracuse, New York.
  • Clinton will hope that New Yorkers forget her failure to deliver the jobs she promised while campaigning for Senate in 2000.
  • As a Senator, one of Clinton's "top achievements" was arranging for Tata Consultancy to open up an operation in Buffalo, New York.
  • "Clinton's brainchild" resulted in "many more jobs for workers overseas and displaced lots of American workers."
  • Despite her campaign's current tone, Clinton cannot escape the comments she made while traveling to India in 2005, where she called the outsourcing of American jobs "an inevitability."

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Today, Clinton Will Hold A Campaign Event In Syracuse, New York, To Promote Her Manufacturing Jobs Growth Plan. "The roundtable discussion with the Democratic presidential front-runner will be at 11:45 a.m. Friday at the Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central, 285 East Adams St. Clinton campaign officials said the roundtable discussion will focus on her plan to support small businesses and encourage growth in advanced manufacturing jobs in places like Central New York." (Mark Weiner, "Hillary Clinton Will Meet With Small Business Owners At Syracuse Tech School," Syracuse Media Group . 3/31/16)

Clinton’s Senior Policy Advisor, Jake Sullivan, Said The Clinton Campaign Will “Use [Clinton’s] Work As A Senator In Upstate New York” As “A Blueprint For What She Will Do As President.” “According to Clinton's senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan, the campaign believes that Clinton's record of encouraging the return of manufacturing in parts of the state will be a key part of her argument not only to New Yorkers but to voters at large. ‘We absolutely believe that her work as senator in Upstate New York will serve as a blueprint for what she will do as president,’ Sullivan said in a call with reporters previewing the announcement.” (Abby Phillip, “Clinton Launches Big Upstate New York Push With $10 Billion Manufacturing Proposal,” The Washington Post, 4/1/16)

  • The Associated Press Headline: “Clinton Tries To Win New York With Her Congressional Record.” (Lisa Lerer, “Clinton Tries To Win New York With Her Congressional Record,” The Associated Press, 4/1/16) 

CLINTON FAILED TO DELIVER THE JOBS SHE PROMISED WHEN ELECTED AS A NEW YORK SENATOR

Clinton Promised To Create 200,000 Jobs In Upstate New York When She Campaigned For Senator In 2000. "She's reminded of it all the time around here, so Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton couldn't have been surprised when her failed 2000 campaign promise to bring 200,000 jobs to economically desperate upstate New York became part of the latest presidential debate." (Carolyn Thompson, "Fact Check: Clinton And Jobs Promised," USA Today, 2/28/08)

  • The Region Clinton Sought To Help Actually Lost Nearly 26,500 Jobs During Her First Term As Senator, According To The Business Council Of New York State. "In her first term in the Senate, the region saw a net loss of 26,500 jobs, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics by the Business Council of New York State." (Carolyn Thompson, "Fact Check: Clinton And Jobs Promised," USA Today, 2/28/08)

Clinton Acknowledged She Failed To Uphold Her Promise, Calling It "A Little Exuberant." "Clinton recently called the promise 'a little exuberant.' During Tuesday's debate with Barack Obama, the New York senator said she was figuring Al Gore would be in the White House. 'When I made the pledge, I was counting on having a Democratic White House, a Democratic president, who shared my values about what we needed to do to make the economy work for everyone and to create shared prosperity,' she said." (Carolyn Thompson, "Fact Check: Clinton And Jobs Promised," USA Today, 2/28/08)

CLINTON EVEN CONTRIBUTED TO THE OUTSOURCING OF UPSATE NEW YORK JOBS

Clinton Arranged For Tata Consultancy To Open An Office In Western New York

Clinton Was Credited With Bringing Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), An "Indian Technology Giant," To Buffalo, NY. "Tata Consultancy Services, an Indian technology giant, plans to open an office in Buffalo to recruit clients and workers in Western New York. … The idea for the Buffalo office, located in downtown's Liberty Building, grew out of a tour of upstate cities that Clinton arranged for TCS officials and other executives last summer, a spokeswoman said. 'She introduced the company to Buffalo,' Clinton spokeswoman Jennifer Hanley said." (Fred O. Williams, "Software Firm From India To Open Buffalo Office," The Buffalo News , 3/8/03)

  • Tata Consultancy's Arrangement With New York Was Heralded As "Clinton's Brainchild." "But in Buffalo, the fruits of the Tata deal have been hard to find. The company, which called the arrangement Clinton's 'brainchild,' says 'about 10' employees work here. Tata says most of the new employees were hired from around Buffalo. It declines to say whether any of the new jobs are held by foreigners, who make up 90% of Tata's 10,000-employee workforce in the United States." (Peter Wallsten, "Clinton Woos The Outsourcers That Workers Fear," The Los Angeles Times, 7/30/07)

Tata's Outsourcing Of Jobs To India Was Hailed As One Of Clinton's "Top Achievements"

When Pressed By CNN's Lou Dobbs About Tata Outsourcing Jobs Clinton Said "Well, Of Course I Know That They Outsource Jobs." "When CNN anchorman Lou Dobbs, an outsourcing critic, pressed her on the Tata deal in 2004, Clinton responded: 'Well, of course I know that they outsource jobs, that they've actually brought jobs to Buffalo. They've created 10 jobs in Buffalo and have told me and the Buffalo community that they intend to be a source of new jobs in the area, because, you know, outsourcing does work both ways.'" (Peter Wallsten, "Clinton Woos The Outsourcers That Workers Fear," The Los Angeles Times, 7/30/07)

The United States India Political Action Committee Said The Tata Deal Was One Of Clinton's "Top Achievements" As Senator And Notes Her Position Change On Outsourcing. "The main lobbying organization for the Indian-American community, USINPAC, cites the Tata deal as one of Clinton's top three achievements as a senator -- and evidence of a turnabout, in its view, from her past criticism of outsourcing. 'Even though she was against outsourcing at the beginning of her political career,' the USINPAC website says, 'she has since changed her position and now maintains that offshoring brings as much economic value to the United States as to the country where services are outsourced, especially India.'" (Peter Wallsten, "Clinton Woos The Outsourcers That Workers Fear," The Los Angeles Times, 7/30/07)

Critics Of The Deal Said Tata Outsources Jobs To India. "But critics say TCS usually outsources projects to its development centers in India, leaving a negative impact on the local economy. 'Their proposals are generally that the work is taken outside the U.S.,' said Jim Boldt, chief executive of Computer Task Group in Buffalo, a competitor of TCS. 'They come in and displace U.S. workers.' He compared the shift of high-tech work offshore to the hollowing out of the steel industry by imports. TCS benefits from low labor costs for Indian engineers and software writers, he said." (Fred O. Williams, "Software Firm From India To Open Buffalo Office," The Buffalo News, 3/8/03)

  • Tata Refused To Say Whether New Jobs It Created Were Held By Americans Or Foreigners. "Tata says most of the new employees were hired from around Buffalo. It declines to say whether any of the new jobs are held by foreigners, who make up 90% of Tata's 10,000-employee workforce in the United States." (Peter Wallsten, "Clinton Woos The Outsourcers That Workers Fear," The Los Angeles Times, 7/30/07)

Ronil Hira, A Public Policy Professor At The Rochester Institute Of Technology On Tata: "The Reality Is That It Probably Created Many More Jobs For Workers Overseas And Displaced Lots Of American Workers." "Since Tata arrived in Buffalo, 'the reality is that it probably created many more jobs for workers overseas and displaced lots of American workers,' said Ronil Hira, a public policy professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology and a prominent critic of outsourcing." (Peter Wallsten, "Clinton Woos The Outsourcers That Workers Fear," The Los Angeles Times, 7/30/07)

While Traveling To India As A Senator, Clinton Claimed It Was Unrealistic For The U.S. To Legislate Against Outsourcing, Calling The Outsourcing Of American Jobs "An Inevitability"

In Remarks From A 2005 Closed Door Presentation In India, Clinton Declared That Outsourcing Is "An Inevitability There Is Now Way To Legislate Against Reality… Outsourcing Will Continue." CLINTON: "Perhaps some economic incentives to at least think very hard before those decisions are made, but you know it is an inevitability there is no way to legislate against reality, so I think that uh, the outsourcing will continue." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At India Today Conclave, New Delhi, India, 2/25/05)

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