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Statement from Congressman Boyle on the Opening of the Second Session of the 115th Congress

January 8, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13) released the following statement today on the beginning of the second session of the 115th Congress:

   This week, the 115th Congress convenes in Washington to a host of pressing issues facing the American people. Looking ahead, I remain focused on fighting for the middle class and passing legislation that expands economic opportunity and creates good paying jobs for hardworking men and women in Pennsylvania and across the country.
   I was disappointed by the partisan agenda in Congress last year as the President and Republican leadership in the House and Senate jammed through massive tax cuts to the mega-wealthy and stripped millions of their health insurance while raising premiums for others. Meanwhile, we failed to address wage stagnation, our student debt crisis, voting rights, or our immigration policy needs. This new session is an opportunity to work across the aisle to restore the fundamental promise of our nation and come together to rebuild the American Dream. To this end, I remain committed and stand ready to work with anyone.
   We should start by addressing our national infrastructure crisis. On the campaign trail, the President stated his desire to make our crumbling airports, roads, bridges and rail systems the envy of the world again and put Americans back to work in the process. As Co-Chair of the Blue Collar Caucus, I share the President’s desire for a robust, comprehensive infrastructure plan and I remain committed to ensuring his proposals meet the aims of his promises. As a Member of the House Budget Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee, I remain focused on advocating for investments in health, education and the environment, and furthering American leadership in the global community. But above all, my priority remains serving my constituents.