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Rep Gallego's One Minute Speech Commemorating Labor Day

September 10, 2015

Mr. Speaker,

Monday marked the 122nd year that we have honored and celebrated the hard working men and women of America on Labor Day. 

It’s also an occasion to reflect on the tremendous progress that the labor movement has made in improving the lives of working families.

From strengthening pay and working conditions to fighting for fair health care and retirement benefits, unions have played a critical role in growing the American middle class. 

However, we still have a long way to go. That’s why I support raising the minimum wage, expanding the earned income tax credit, and fighting for fair trade agreements so that we can lift up the millions of working families in America still struggling to make ends meet. 

Mr. Speaker, it’s simple – those willing to work should be able to find good jobs, and through their hard work they should be able to improve their families’ quality of life. 

That’s the core of the American Dream. This Labor Day, let’s recommit ourselves to building a nation and an economy where that dream is within reach for every American.