Press Release
For Immediate Release: 
September 5, 2022
Contact Info: 
Raymond Rodriguez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in recognition of Labor Day:

"Today, I join in celebrating the generations of American workers and organized labor activists who have contributed to the prosperity of our nation and its economy. The labor movement has fought to ensure that America remains a land of opportunity for all. Democrats have been proud to work alongside organized labor to make the American Dream more attainable for countless American workers and their families over the years.

"Supporting American workers remains one of House Democrats’ top priorities. Since President Biden took office in 2021, I've been proud to lead House Democrats in building a table of support and opportunity that benefits working Americans. From the American Rescue Plan to the Inflation Reduction Act, Democrats spearheaded legislation to keep workers on payroll through the worst of the pandemic and to lower their health care, prescription drug, and energy costs. Additionally, we enacted the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the CHIPS and Science Act to generate millions of high-wage union jobs by reinvigorating our manufacturing sector as well as investing in rebuilding, upgrading, and expanding infrastructure networks. Under the CHIPS and Science Act, manufacturers building new microchip plants will have to pay their workers a prevailing wage, and the Inflation Reduction Act mandates domestic sourcing in order to qualify for electric-vehicle credits and other benefits. These accomplishments helped advance the Make It In America Plan I launched in 2010 to ensure that our workers and our economy have the tools to compete and succeed. At the same time, we were also successful at rescuing the pensions of millions of workers in our country – including for postal employees and those in multi-employer pension plans.

“We can and must do more, however, to provide opportunities to our workers, such as reauthorizing and expanding the National Apprenticeship Act and ensuring that the Senate takes action on the Protecting the Right to Organize – or ‘PRO’ – Act to promote union membership and safeguard collective bargaining rights that we passed through the House again this Congress. House Democrats look forward to continuing our close partnership with organized labor to stand up for workers’ rights and put People Over Politics to ensure workers and families have the tools they need to Make It In America. Let us use this day to renew our commitment to that common cause and to honor the ingenuity and industriousness of American workers that make our nation strong."