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Rep. Larry Bucshon gives the Republican Party's Weekly Remarks
Hello, I'm Dr. Larry Bucshon, proudly serving Indiana's Eighth Congressional District. I'm honored to be speaking with you from the Heartland of America on this weekend when we tip our hat to the working man and woman.
America's workers make our country go, so our goal should be to make our economy work for them.
But traveling around Indiana this week, going from job fairs to listening sessions to small businesses, it was easy to see how our workers are still hurting.
We're seeing some jobs come back, but too many of our fellow Americans are stuck in part-time work or have stopped looking altogether. And between wages staying flat -- and costs on everything from food to health care going up -- families are being squeezed at every turn.
Here in Indiana, and in many states throughout the union, we rely on coal to power our homes and provide good-paying middle class jobs -- like the one my family relied on when I was a kid.
My dad spent 35 years as a UMWA coal miner in my hometown of Kincaid, Illinois. He was proud of the work he did everyday and rightly so. The coal mine helped put food on our table and helped me pursue an education and realize the American Dream.
Unfortunately, the current administration is waging a war on this reliable, affordable source of energy and the countless jobs it supports. This is one example of many where the policies coming from Washington, D.C. just don't make sense.
As a physician, I took an oath to "do no harm." While this Administration's policies continue to harm our nation's economy and families struggling to make ends meet, Republicans are offering solutions America's workers can count on. Our solutions will address the sluggish job market and grow our economy over the long run.First, we need to get people back into steady..............
President Obama's weekly remarks
Hi, everybody. Whether you're firing up the grill, fired up for some college football or filling up the car for one last summer road-trip -- Happy Labor Day weekend.
We set aside Labor Day to honor the working men and women of America. And this Labor Day, we've got more to celebrate. Over the past 53 months, our businesses have added nearly 10 million new jobs. Last month, for the first time since 1997, we created more than 200,000 jobs for six straight months. And for the first time in over a decade, business leaders worldwide have declared, two years running, that the number one place to invest isn't China -- it's America.
So there are reasons to be optimistic about where we're headed. And the decisions we make now will determine whether or not we accelerate this progress -- whether economic gains flow to a few at the top, or whether a growing economy fuels rising incomes and a thriving middle class.
Think about it this Labor Day. The things we often take for granted -- Social Security and Medicare, workplace safety laws and the right to organize for better pay and benefits, even weekends -- we didn't always have these things. Workers and the unions who get their back had to fight for them. And those fights built a stronger middle class.
To build a stronger middle class in today's changing economy, we've got to keep fighting. We've got to fight for the right to affordable health insurance for everybody. The right to fair pay, family leave and workplace flexibility. The right to a fair living wage.
Let me focus on that last one for a minute. In America, no one who works full-time should ever have to raise a family in poverty. A hard day's work deserves a fair day's pay. And raising the minimum wage would be one of the best ways to give a boost to working families. It would help around 28 million Americans from all walks of life pay the bills, provide for their kids, and spend that money at local businesses. And that grows the economy for everyone.The bottom line is, America deserves a raise. But............