A Congressional bill that bars US companies outsourcing call centre jobs from receiving federal grants and loans now has over 100 co-sponsors, its promoter has said.
The US Call Centre and Consumer Protection Act (HR 3596), introduced in the US House of Representatives by Congressman Tim Bishop now has as many as 106 lawmakers as its co-sponsors.
In a statement, Bishop said that he hoped this would compel a hearing on the legislation in the committee on energy and commerce.
The US Call Centre and Consumer Protection Act, if passed by the Congress and signed into law, would require the US Department of Labour to track firms that move call centre jobs overseas; the firms would then become ineligible for any direct or indirect federal loans or loan guarantees for five years.
“The provision is partially a response to the practice of companies taking millions in incentives from local taxpayers to open call centres in the US, only to offshore their operations later and leave local communities devastated and still paying the bill,” said Bishop.