Today we remember the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie and the incredible sacrifices that Northwestern Pennsylvanians made during the War of 1812. Just last week I was in Erie and got a chance to see the preparations taking place to commemorate this anniversary. All this year, Erie has held a celebration worthy of the valor of Oliver Hazard Perry and the 557 patriots who followed him in to battle.
Today’s announcement that funding for the Flight 93 Memorial is complete is a testament to the incredible work and dedication of the families. I was proud to work with the families and our bipartisan delegation to secure a federal commitment for the Memorial. This memorial cannot fully encompass the extraordinary sacrifice that these families have made, but I’m confident that its completion will show one small measure of our gratitude towards them and the heroes of Flight 93.
Tonight marks the beginning of the New Year and High Holy Days for Jewish families in Pennsylvania and around the world. Rosh Hashanah is a time to reflect on the past year and to be thankful for all of our blessings. It is also an opportunity to remember to have humility and compassion for those in need.
I am proud to represent Pennsylvania’s vibrant Jewish community, and I offer my best wishes to all who are celebrating Rosh Hashanah. May we all strive to live out the values honored on this important occasion. I wish all those celebrating a happy and healthy New Year. L’shanah tovah.
As we mark Labor Day, it is a time to remember past struggles and hard-fought victories that have improved the lives and livelihood of all workers. It is also a time to take stock of the problems that must still be tackled.
Addressing the growing income inequality and continued pay inequity is essential for families and for our long-term economic prosperity. Safer workplaces where workers have a voice should not have to be up for debate.
As the economy continues to recover, unemployment and underemployment continues to take a toll on Pennsylvania families. Wise investments and decisions must be made to level the playing field for American workers, build a strong workforce and spur the creation of family-sustaining jobs.
After Labor Day, as work continues on fiscal decisions, I will continue to fight to increase wages, improve competitiveness and strengthen the economic recovery.
Today, we remember one of the proudest days in our Nation’s history, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. declared his dream for a better America. 50 years later, we renew our commitment to justice, especially in the face of new challenges such as Voter ID laws and the Supreme Court’s decision gutting a key section of the Voting Rights Act. While these developments may test us, with vigilance and perseverance we will overcome these obstacles on the path to justice. We must also redouble our efforts to create jobs and economic opportunity for all Americans. Together, our progress will continue, and we will one day realize Dr. King’s dream in which all Americans have an equal opportunity to pursue the American Dream.