Paycheck Progressby Representative Eric Swalwell
Posted on 2015-01-21
SWALWELL of California asked and was given permission to address
the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. SWALWELL of California. Mr. Speaker, as the President noted in
his State of the Union address last evening, we should be proud of the
progress we have made since the Great Recession. But there is too much
to do still on growth, especially on the issue of paycheck progress.
For most Americans, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area, here is our reality: costs all around us are [[Page H461]] going up, and wages are staying flat. That is a right angle that is taking American families in the wrong direction.
For paycheck progress we must invest in infrastructure, reform our Tax Code so that it is fairer for all Americans, and, finally, ensure equal pay for equal work.
Mr. Speaker, instead of addressing these issues, many House Republicans are calling for giveaways to special interests, rolling back critical women's health protections, and holding Homeland Security funding hostage to win political points. Let's be real. In the nineties it was: It is the economy, stupid. You ask any American family today: It is my paycheck, stupid.
If we focus on one thing this Congress, let's make sure that it is the paycheck of working-class Americans. The American people deserve better than what is being served up. Let's work together on paycheck progress, not partisanship.