INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
An Indiana senator and longtime critic of outsourcing jobs to foreign
countries announced Friday that he’s selling his stock in his brother’s arts
and crafts company after The Associated Press reported it manufactures some
products in Mexico.
Donnelly said in a campaign news release that he made the statement to
reporters at the Indiana Black Expo luncheon. Donnelly said he hasn’t had an
active role in the company for 20 years but was taking the action to avoid
allowing the issue to become “a distraction from our work to end outsourcing
and keep American jobs here instead of shipping them to other countries.”
The AP reported
Thursday that Donnelly made at least $15,001 in dividends last year on
$50,000 of stock in Stewart Superior, which used Mexican workers to produce
He was highly
critical of Carrier, an air conditioner and furnace maker, accusing it of
exploiting $3-an-hour workers when it announced plans last year to wind down
operations in Indiana and move to Mexico. He praised then President-elect
Donald Trump in November for reaching a deal that saved 800 of the jobs.
sponsored a bill, titled the End Outsourcing Act, that aims to make it more
difficult to transfer jobs to other countries.
“The real issue we
need to focus on, days before 300 Carrier workers in Indianapolis face
layoffs, is how we can keep manufacturing here in Indiana,” he said in the
news release, urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring the
bill to the floor next week.