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"Overcriminalization" describes the trends in America - and particulary in Congress - to use the criminal law to "solve" every problem, punish every mistake (instead of making proper use of civil penalties), and coerce Americans into conforming their behavior to satisfy social engineering objectives.

S 1247: America Recruits Act of 2011

Official Title

A bill to develop and recruit new, high-value jobs to the United States, to encourage the repatriation of jobs that have been off-shored to other countries, and for other purposes.


This bill focuses on job creation, but would impose a quasi-criminal penalty of debarment on any company that does not participate in a Bureau of Economic Analysis survey defined by the bill. The purpose of the survey would be to obtain information on U.S. companies that own or operate overseas manufacturing and information technology facilities. If a company does not participate it “shall not be eligible to enter into any contract or to renew any contract with the United States, receive any grant from the Federal Government, or act as a subcontractor or subgrantee with respect to such a contract or grant.”

Legislation Details

Warner (D - VA)


06/22/2011: Referred to Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
06/22/2011: Introduced in Senate