"I am proud to join with workers across Southern Arizona and nationwide today as we celebrate Labor Day. Every year on this day, we are reminded of the vital role that working families play in ensuring we have a strong community and a strong economy. I stand with these working men and women and I am committed to making sure that the policies we pursue and legislation we adopt in Congress respect all they have done to build this great nation and acknowledge the sacrifices they have made during this deep recession.
"This day is also a somber reminder that too many people in our community remain out of work. As I travel across Southern Arizona and meet with working families, I hear over and over again that the middle class is struggling. Every day, I hear from hard-working Arizonans who are unemployed, under-employed, or working multiple jobs to make ends meet. My priority in Congress is to take action that will help our economy recover and get people back to work.
"That's why I voted to bring new infrastructure jobs to Southern Arizona and to keep taxes low for middle class families. It's why I am going to keep working to ensure that we invest in education and job training programs that will help workers right here in Southern Arizona. And it's why I am going to keep fighting to bring new business and job opportunities to this community that we love.
"I commend the men and women who have fought over many years to bring better working conditions, wages and benefits to working people in our country. On this day, it is important that we acknowledge their contributions to making ours a more just and equal society."