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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Brendan F. Boyle voted against House Republicans’ “Tax Scam 2.0” when it passed on a party-line vote, making permanent a slate of tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans that were included in the first GOP Tax Scam passed in December 2017. Like the first vote, this legislation confers almost all of its benefits to the wealthiest Americans; the wealthiest 1 percent will see an average cut of $40,000 while the average American will see just $980, according to an analysis by the Tax Policy Center.
The U.S. Air Force on Monday awarded an initial $325 million contract to replace 1960s-era UH-1N (Huey) helicopters, which patrol and defend nuclear weapons facilities, with MH-139 helicopters built at two plants in the Philadelphia area.
After the Supreme Court ruled against working people in the Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31, case last week, dozens of members of Congress condemned the ruling and expressed their support for the rights of working people. Here are excerpts from their statements.
Rep. Brendan Boyle (Pa.-13th District):
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressmen Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13) and Marc Veasey (TX-33) issued the following joint statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down public sector unions’ fair-share fees in Janus v. AFSCME. By law, unions represent all employees regardless of the employee’s financial contribution to the union. Now, with this decision, public sector employees who enjoy the rights and benefits secured through collective bargaining may no longer be required to pay “fair-share” dues to their unions.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Brendan F. Boyle, Co-Chair of the Blue Collar Caucus, released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court decision in Janus vs. AFSCME issued by the Court today:
This was not an April Fool's Day joke: The New York Buy American Act went into effect on April 1, 2018. Signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in December 2017 and championed by state legislators on both sides of the aisle, the NY BAA amends the existing domestic content restrictions in Section 146 of the New York State Finance Law and Section 2603-a of the New York Public Authorities Law by adding another layer of “Buy American” requirements focused on structural iron and structural steel products used in certain construction projects.
WASHINGTON, DC– Today, the House Democratic Blue Collar Caucus co-chaired by Congressmen Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13) and Marc Veasey (TX-33) hosted former Vice President Joe Biden for a meeting on Capitol Hill. The discussion focused on how House Democrats can promote an economic agenda that supports American workers and win back blue collar voters across the country. After the meeting, Vice President Joe Biden and Caucus CoChairs Boyle and Veasey released the following statements:
Washington (CNN) -- Former Vice President Joe Biden was back on Capitol Hill meeting with Democrats on Wednesday ahead of the midterm elections, attempting to bridge a divide in his party between progressives and blue-collar voters.
Biden, repeating an argument he's been making of late, said there should be "no reason for any conflict" between the two wings of the party. "There's no distinction in the Democratic Party between our social agenda and our agenda in terms of the economy," he told reporters.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressmen Marc Veasey (TX-33) and Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13), co-chairs of the Blue Collar Caucus, released the following statement after Democrat Conor Lamb connected with blue collar workers in a special election for Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District:
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13), House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joseph Crowley (NY-14), Vice Chair Linda Sánchez (CA-38), and ten fellow co-chairs of the Democratic Caucus Jobs for America Task Forces announced the introduction of H.R. 5137, the Buy America 2.0 Act, to require that all federally-funded infrastructure projects use materials made here in America.