Unions built our middle class and secured the workplace rights that Americans take for granted today. Every day, organized labor negotiates for safe working conditions, living wages, and basic benefits that impact all workers.
In Congress, I support the vitality of working families through fair and democratic access to union representation. I have been a strong proponent of robust federal investment in our workforce, including through job training programs. At the same time, I strongly oppose bad trade deals that undermine American workers and make it easier for companies to ship our jobs overseas.
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McCollum: It's time to stand up, mobilize, and fight for workers' rights
Washington, DC - Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) issued the following statement, regarding the Wisconsin State Senate Republican manipulation of procedure to ram through legislation attacking worker rights.
Mr. Speaker, I stand today in solidarity with the working men and women of America.
There should be no doubt that there is a war going on right now against workers, unions, and middle class Americans who want more jobs.
In Wisconsin, Ohio, and here in Congress, workers rights are under attack by union busting politicians.
Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to H.R. 1 - legislation introduced by the House Republican majority that would cut over $60 billion in essential funding to America's communities without making a significant impact on this year's federal deficit.
Mr. Chair, last night, I voted against a fiscally irresponsible $858 billion tax cut package. Every penny of this budget-busting bill will be borrowed--much of it from China--and the burden placed on the backs of our children and grandchildren.
Madam Speaker, I rise today in strong support of extending emergency unemployment. This legislation, of which I am a proud cosponsor, is a common sense, non-controversial measure that will help American families.
I rise in strong support of the Small Business Lending Fund Act of 2010 (H.R. 5297). This legislation will extend much needed credit and reduce taxes for small businesses all across the country.
Small businesses are the engine of job creation in our economy and are playing a crucial role in helping America recover from the worst recession in 75 years. Still, small main street businesses are struggling to expand due to a lack of credit. The Small Business
Madam Speaker, today the House of Representatives is voting on a jobs bill that will keep Americans working. This is a jobs bill that will keep 161,000 teachers in the classroom rather than in the unemployment line. This is a bill that prevents thousands of first-responders who are protecting our communities today from losing their jobs tomorrow. Passing this jobs bill is not a luxury or an act of political patronage as some Republicans claim.