Daniel Reilly, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor today in opposition to a bill that would undermine workers' rights and has nothing to do with job creation. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery and a link to the video.
“I rise in strong opposition to this misnamed bill, which would promote neither democracy nor fairness in the workplace. The right of workers to organize and bargain collectively for better and fairer conditions has been protected by our laws since the era of the New Deal.
“This legislation is part of an agenda the Republican leadership continues to pursue, which no economist believes creates jobs in the coming year. This bill before us won’t do anything to help the economy or create jobs, and it places obstacles in front of workers seeking to exercise their right to organize.
“I continue to have the strongest faith in American workers, that they are the most talented and most productive in the world. We should not be rolling back their protections; instead we should focus on helping to get more Americans back to work. We need Congress to enact a plan to help our workers make more products in America and help more of them Make It In America.
“I urge this bill’s defeat.”