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A day in their shoes

I take any opportunity I can to walk a day in the shoes of my constituents. We all have experiences and perspectives that are critical for members of Congress to consider.

When I'm at work in Washington DC, I often feel pretty far from home. Grounding myself, literally, is crucial to doing the job.

Labor Day is an especially important time for reflecting on the positive role workers and workers' rights have had on our society. And recommitting ourselves to ensuring that the American Dream can still be very much a reality.

Delivery drivers. Teachers. Farmers. Police officers. All of us deserve fair wages and protections on the job.

Unfortunately, it's sometimes not that easy. Working families are struggling under the burden of stagnant wages and rising costs on everything from health care to housing to college.

What are the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress doing to help working families? Far too little. In fact, they're making things tougher on the middle class and people living paycheck to paycheck.

Tax cuts for multi-millionaires and billionaires, threats to health care, trade and tariff chaos that reduces the workforce and threatens the economy. These are not policies that benefit working folks. These are policies that benefit the rich and powerful few.

The Trump administration and GOP Congress have made it clear who they're working for. And so have I.

We need leaders who put the needs of working families ahead of corporate interests. I will always stand up for working Americans. On Labor Day, and every day.

Jim

Posted on September 3, 2018.

Meet Jim

Congressman Jim Himes is a tireless voice for common-sense, independent solutions to the challenges facing Connecticut. He's looking out for the middle class, fighting for affordable health care for all, taking on special interests like the NRA to end gun violence, and working to create economic opportunity for working families.

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