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Pelosi Statement on Labor Day

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Pelosi Statement on Labor Day

Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today in honor of Labor Day, which will be celebrated on Monday, September 1:

"When Democrats assumed control of the 110th Congress in 2007, we did so with a clear promise to pass strong initiatives to restore the American dream—helping to ensure that, after years of neglect, America's working men and women have the tools they need to provide a better life for themselves and their families.

"This year, Democrats have continued to honor the spirit of Labor Day with our work in Congress. Thanks to the efforts of the New Direction Congress, millions of American workers have gotten their first pay raise in a decade. The second phase of the minimum wage increase went into effect on July 24th, putting another $28 a week into workers' pockets to help them cope with the high price of gas and groceries.

"This year, Democrats have continued to honor the spirit of Labor Day with our work in Congress. Thanks to the efforts of the New Direction Congress, millions of American workers have gotten their first pay raise in a decade. The second phase of the minimum wage increase went into effect on July 24th, putting another $28 a week into workers' pockets to help them cope with the high price of gas and groceries.

"Forty-five years ago, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, recognizing that the right to equal pay for equal work is a fundamental value. Democrats in Congress are working to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, to strengthen the Equal Pay Act to provide more effective remedies to women who are not being paid equal wages for doing equal work.

"Organized labor built the middle class in this country, and the New Direction Congress stands with them. As we honor Labor Day, we pay tribute to the people who dedicate themselves to achieving their own version of the American dream each and every day."


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