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Issue Position: The Economy, Trade, & Labor

Issue Position


What I believe:

* Economic policy should favor ordinary Americans, not big banks, corporations, and their lobbyists.

* Additional economic relief will be necessary as we weather this slowdown.

* This economic relief should target lower- and middle-income families who are squeezed by stagnant wages, skyrocketing food and gas prices, and depressed home values.

* Instead of bailing out massive financial corporations that took on irresponsible risk, resources should be dedicated to delivering food stamps and economic assistance to Americans who approach destitution during periods of economic stress.

* Trade policy first and foremost should benefit American workers.

* Trade agreements with foreign countries must require strong environmental protection and ensure safe and healthy conditions for foreign workers.

What I have done:

* Cosponsored the successful legislation which will raise the minimum wage to $7.25 by early 2009.

* Voted for the $152 billion bipartisan stimulus package designed to ease hardship and stimulate economic growth. Beginning in May, 2008 over 130 million American households received tax rebates.

* Voted for the Employee Free Choice Act, which would crack down on union busting, provide mediation and arbitration for contract disputes, and ease the union forming process.

* Introduced the Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Fairness and Simplification Act to ensure that Americans who work in multiple places are not taxed by more than one state or local jurisdiction.

* Voted against the Peru Free Trade Act and the Columbia Free Trade Act which would put more Americans out of work during a time of economic hardship.

* Strongly supported significant trade adjustment assistance to Americans who become unemployed due to shifting global trade patterns.

What I will do:

* Support currently pending legislation to extend unemployment insurance to millions of Americans during this recession.

* Continue to call for Congress to respond to the severe deprivations of America's poorest people, especially during this period of economic difficulty.

* Continue to protect American workers and labor unions as they seek to level the playing field in their bargaining with employers.

* Support the tax relief for middle class households proposed by Senator Barack Obama.

* Vote to roll back President Bush's reckless tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

* Call for smarter regulation of a financial system that has become too corrupt and complex.

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