I’m running for Congress to stick up for working people in our district. Corporate profits keep hitting record highs, but the workers who make those profits possible are getting less than they ever have. Tens of thousands of people in this district are trying to feed their families on minimum wage, but the real minimum wage has not gone up since the 1970s. So-called “right to work” laws are destroying workers’ right to organize and fight for better conditions on the job. Congress just voted to slash the tax rate for giant corporations, adding $1.5 trillion to the national debt, and they’re already trying to use the hole in the budget — that they just created! — as an excuse to cut vital programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.
We need a vision for a better future for workers here in Pennsylvania. I will invest federal money in long-overdue infrastructure projects that create good-paying jobs here in Pennsylvania: clean energy like wind and solar power, roads and bridges, and my personal mission to bring fast, affordable broadband internet to every home and business in our district. I will get serious about antitrust laws, which have been bulldozed by a record-setting wave of mergers that have left consumers with little or no choice in everything from their cable company to their insurance company, and left small businesses struggling to compete with massive corporations. I will support unions and the fight for a $15 an hour minimum wage, not just because it will be great for the economy, but because it’s the right thing to do.