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When Congress gets back to work after its August recess, the first thing lawmakers should do is unite behind a common sense initiative to support our National Guard troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The 'Patriot Corporations of America Act' would require corporations to support U.S. troops by paying the difference between regular salary and military salary for all National Guard and Reserve employees who are called up to active duty, and by continuing health insurance coverage for the Guard member and his or her family.

It's time for America to export our values, not our jobs. This initiative will take an important step toward that goal by rewarding companies that invest in our economy and the middle-class families who drive it.

The act would also:

   * provide tax breaks and preferences in federal contracting to companies that produce at least 90 percent of their goods and services in this country
   * require corporations to invest at least 50 percent of their research and development budgets in domestic projects
   * provide at least 70 percent of the cost of quality health care for their employees
   * contribute at least five percent of payroll to a portable pension fund
   * enforce compliance with federal environmental, workplace safety, and consumer protection regulations.

When Congress returns after Labor Day, passage of this legislation would be a fitting way to mark a fresh start in a new direction for working families and small businesses.

http://www.dangrantforcongress.com

Originally posted to Dan Grant on Fri Aug 31, 2007 at 08:03 AM PDT.

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  •  let's stand with undocumented workers too (1+ / 0-)
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    TexDem

    i heard it on neil boortz show just a moment ago:

    there was a horrible car crash in atlanta where a child was killed. name of driver not available to press. boortz' first thought was that driver is probably in the country illegally.

    ku klux klan plans to invade athens, alabama in mid-september. predominate religious group here: independent baptists led by shelton smith. dr. smith, publisher of sword of the lord, proposes this course of action: Christians should be wary of american jews trying to impede our freedom to honor the easter bunny (aug.24 sword p. 10)

  •  This is how you really support the troops (3+ / 0-)

    I wonder if our current Mr. Clear Channel Representative will vote for it?

    I can't wait to get the chance to vote him out.

    Send Dan a "Karl's Going Away" Card on this final day of Rove's tenure.

    Then send another on September 14 when Tony SnowJob takes his leave.

    We have to become the leaders we seek. --boadicea
    Visit TexasKaos. We're taking Texas back!

    by sccs on Fri Aug 31, 2007 at 11:06:53 AM PDT

  •  Great Idea (1+ / 0-)
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    sccs

    The 'Patriot Corporations of America Act' would require corporations to support U.S. troops by paying the difference between regular salary and military salary for all National Guard and Reserve employees who are called up to active duty, and by continuing health insurance coverage for the Guard member and his or her family.

    If corporate America was required to do this, there would be a major outcry from the business community to end this senseless war!

    I'm glad that CD10 has a candidate like Dan Grant that offers more than platitudes and fluffy/unworkable ideas.

    Mike "Clear Channel" McCaul must go!

  •  Larry Joe Doherty in TX-10 also (0+ / 0-)

    Just wanted to update that Larry Joe Doherty, a Houston attorney is also on the Democratic Ballot for Congressional District 10.  He's a very experienced candidate.  I met him once in Brenham and loved his Texas Justice Show.  I was particularly impressed with the way he treated the litigants.  Instead of grandstanding like the other TV judges, he would patiently listen and give everyone their say.

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