Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today marking Labor Day:
"Labor Day is an opportunity to honor our nation's workers, pledge to strengthen the hand of working families, and renew our commitment to a future of fairness and opportunity for all. A strong American workforce is the heart and soul of a thriving middle class; it is the backbone of our economic strength. As our country's leaders, we must do everything in our power to add to its ranks: by creating good-paying jobs and growing our economy.
"At this time, there is no more urgent task before us than putting people back to work. We must strengthen our manufacturers and small businesses, invest in roads, bridges, and rail lines, and expand industries of innovation. We must meet our goals while protecting the rights of workers, not attacking them for political gain -- because our economy cannot afford Republicans' partisan assault on the basic collective bargaining rights of organized labor.
"In every generation, America's workers have been a source of pride, the driving force of our prosperity, the building blocks of our economic growth and vitality. Today, and in the years to come, we must honor their contributions with our actions: to create jobs, to bolster the middle class, and to expand the economy."