As Pennsylvanians enjoy this Labor Day let us not forget the contributions made by working men and women to the country’s prosperity and to improving the rights and benefits workers. While much progress had been made since Labor Day became a national holiday in 1894, much work remains to protect the rights of workers, boost their economic security and put more Americans back to work.
Despite continued economic growth, too many Pennsylvanians are out of work and modest income growth is making it harder to keep up with expenses, raise a family, save for retirement and, in many case, care for older parents.
I am also committed to protecting the voice of workers in the face of continued attempts to weaken the ability of workers to bargain collectively for family wages and safer working conditions.
This Memorial Day, we honor those Americans who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. We owe these servicemembers and their families a debt of gratitude. May we show our respect by ensuring our veterans have every opportunity and resource they need and deserve. We give thanks to the heroes we have lost and to all of our servicemembers and their families who give so much to keep us safe and free.
One month ago, Boko Haram abducted more than 200 girls in the middle of the night from their boarding school in northern Nigeria. This terrorist group committed this unconscionable crime against innocent young girls who are the future of their community and of their country. I am deeply concerned about this kidnapping and my thoughts and prayers are with the families of the abducted children.
Education is a right that all children should enjoy without the fear of being kidnapped by terrorists. However, these girls and their families understood the risk of getting an education in a society where so many are terrified of what an educated woman will mean. But they took this risk because they aspire to be teachers, lawyers, and doctors, and positively impact their society and the world. Countless studies and reports have shown that a society and its economy benefit exponentially when women are educated and actively participate.
We cannot lose hope for the girls and families in Nigeria. It is crucial that we continue to raise the awareness on this tragic event and not allow their plight to fade. I joined many of my Senate colleagues in cosponsoring S.Res.433 which condemns the abduction of the students by Boko Haram. While a Senate resolution will not bring back our girls it is one action we can take to show our support for the students and their families.
It is crucial that the U.S. government continue to work to recover these girls and seek justice for this unthinkable horror. We must bring back our girls.
Please join me and Representative Tony Cárdenas for an important event on juvenile justice:
“Examining America's Juvenile System”
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 6:00 P.M
United States Capitol Visitor Center, North Orientation Theater
A panel discussion will follow a viewing of the new, critically-acclaimed documentary, Kids for Cash.
This event is open to Members, staff and the public.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 8, 2014.
Members of the public must RSVP by providing their first and last names, email address and cell phone number in order to ensure admittance to event space.
In honor of the opening week of ythe Major League Baseball season, my first Throwback Thursday post is of a 10 year old me with my father, brother Chris and Pittsburgh Pirates legend, Roberto Clemente. This picture was taken during the closing days of the 1970 season, the last played at historic Forbes Field.