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Capitol Commentary with U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack

Congressman Dave Loebsack -- CROPPEDU.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack
Iowa’s Second Congressional District

 

Today, we gather with family and friends to commemorate the last days of summer and pay tribute to the American workforce’s great contributions throughout our history.  From firefighters to nurses, these men and women are the backbone of the U.S. economy.

Labor Day was established in 1882 to honor landmark improvements to dangerous working conditions and the boosting of meager wages.  We have taken important steps forward since the 19th century, including passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009.  This legislation, which I was proud to support, makes progress to ensure that women are paid equally for the same work as men.

However, the fight for employees across our country is not yet won, which is why I am a cosponsor of the Raise the Wage Act, which would increase the federal minimum wage to $12 over the next five years.  Raising the minimum wage is essential for middle class families, because no one working full time should struggle to put food on the table for their family.

Today, we thank hardworking Iowans for their vital contribution in building the American economy.