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US Anti-outsourcing Bill a Filipino-American Concern

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The recent anti-outsourcing bill proposed by Senator Charles Schumer is a source of concern for the Filipino American community.  The Shcumer bill, places a tax on outsourcing and Filipinos in the U.S. it is going to hurt businesses in the Philippines and give the U.S. a bad image. The bill puts a 25-cent tax on each call made to a call center based outside the U.S. Members of the Filipino-American community traveled to the capital to visit Senators Kristen Gillibrand and Charles Schumer to express their opposition to the bill. A letter from the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) to Sen. Schumer said that the proposal is incongruous with the impression of America as a big brother.

The proposal has passed in the House. It is now in the Senate for scrutiny and its primary purpose is to create a disincentive for outsourcing.

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  1. Unemployment numbers are bad in the U.S. it is no surprising that the U.S. will come up with such policies. There have been hot debates News discussions sites. Unemployment in the U.S. has caused lesser U.S. remittance too.



    July 22, 2010 at 12:03 am

  2. I believe, and this is just me as a simple engineer…, that the bill proposed to tax calls will be viewed not just by the philippines but the outsourcing world as a whole as protectionist in some manner.

    The bill’s success however will be economic based rather than political based. We are in a global economy and most of the company’s which use call centers have global markets. If their number crunchers deem it is still adds more value (not just cheaper) to have its entire call center ops outside then they will do so,or maybe they will split up some to be in CONUS and some in OCONUS. If the US consumers insist they are talking to a fellow amreican on US soil then thats what will change the scenario…

    Regulating global buisness in a national setting looks complicated… for the simple engineer like me its like putting pressure on one block when you are trying to manage the water system of an entire village…. you put constrains on tha block which will kick some blocks to have more pressure while others less… generally making your village mates groan… then again that just might be me not knowing how to do it…. it feels like a chess game where if you make a move contradicting the position of others you should be ready for their countermove… because you would have done the same if they dd it to you first….

    Kinda like “don’t do to others what you wouldn’t want done to you… because you would probably react the same way…”




    July 28, 2010 at 10:38 am

  3. Outsourcing is great for the Philippines but certainly not a the most popular issue in the U.S.



    September 8, 2010 at 9:49 pm

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