Jobs Bill Faces Defeat in Senate, Tech Companies Find Workers Overseas, Attorney General Candidate Todd P’Pool: Today on Here and Now

by Laura Ellis on October 11, 2011

Democrats are trying to snatch victory from the jaws of almost certain defeat today, as the Senate is poised vote down the President’s $447 billion jobs bill. As that curtain falls, Democrats are scrambling to save parts of the plan, including a payroll tax holiday, with smaller bills more likely to make it through Congress. The President, meanwhile, is meeting with his Jobs Council, the group of executives who have been advising him on the economy, as they make their recommendations today. We’ll speak with Binyamin Appelbaum, Washington Correspondent for The New York Times.

Last week, we spoke about how many high tech companies are unable to find qualified workers — especially engineers. Mo Koyfman, a venture capitalist, told us that the firms he works with want to hire Americans but they need to go overseas to find workers with the qualifications they require. Listeners weighed in. Michael Royce has worked as a programmer and IT manager in the past. Now he’s a school custodian. He says employers don’t hire him because he’s too expensive and foreign workers cost less. We’ll also speak with Ron Hira, associate professor of public policy, Rochester Institute of Technology, who says statistics that show that America isn’t producing enough engineers are just plain wrong.

And at 1:30 this afternoon, we’ll spend a half hour talking with the Republican candidate for Attorney General, Todd P’Pool. He’ll talk about the issues in the campaign and take your questions and comments. Join us at 502-814-8255.

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