Blue Collar Caucus Hosts Vice President Joe Biden
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:
“The American middle class built this country, and has underwritten the political and social stability we have enjoyed for over 200 years. But today we are not paying enough attention to their legitimate concerns,” said Vice President Biden. “You know, there used to be a basic bargain in this country: that those who contributed to the success of an enterprise got to share in the benefits. But that bargain has been broken. Working people are not being dealt in. I appreciate the opportunity to share my ideas and hear from the Blue Collar Caucus about their work to pass legislation that will improve the lives of middle class families across this country and once again earn the trust of hardworking Americans.”
“We were honored to welcome Vice President Joe Biden back to Capitol Hill," said Congressman Boyle. "He is the quintessential champion of the working man and woman; the epitome of what our caucus is all about. We founded the Blue Collar Caucus in the wake of the 2016 election out of our shared recognition of the symptoms Vice President Biden has been talking about for years: Americans have lost faith in their elected leaders' capacity to stand up for their interests and promote their prosperity, and blue collar workers feel betrayed by today's economy and political system. It is our goal to re-connect with them and reclaim their trust in us as their true champions. With the support of the Vice President, we can renew their faith in this country, restore an economic and political system that puts working class Americans first, and win at the ballot box.”
Congressman Veasey added, “I was honored to hear directly from Vice President Joe Biden on how Democrats can continue the momentum after Pennsylvania Congressional District 18 and re-engage with blue collar and union workers. With his vision and genuine passion for ensuring the American Dream for all workers, we have the ability to reassert ourselves as the champions for all working Americans.”
The Blue Collar Caucus was formed after the 2016 election to hold President Donald Trump accountable for his promises to working people by fostering member discussion and legislative ideas focused on addressing wage stagnation, job insecurity, trade, offshoring, and dwindling career opportunities for those in the manufacturing and building trades. The caucus focuses on bringing together a diverse array of Democratic members of the House of Representatives to reconnect the party to blue collar workers, and generate solutions that will protect American workers from globalized competition, maintain the viability of domestic manufacturing, and help to cultivate innovative industries that can provide stable employment amid rapid technological advancement. In February 2017, the caucus was featured in Politico for beginning this important conversation on Capitol Hill.
The Blue Collar Caucus has grown to nearly 50 members, including: Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13) (Co-Chair), Marc Veasey (TX-33) (Co-Chair), Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Rick Nolan (MN-08)a, Dan Kildee (MI-05), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Tim Ryan (OH-13), John Garamendi (CA-03), Matt Cartwright (PA-17), Bill Pascrell (NJ-09), Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Mark Pocan (WI-02), Ruben Gallego (AZ-07), Dan Lipinski (IL-03), Kathy Castor (FL-14), Brian Higgins (NY-26), John Yarmuth (KY-03), Eric Swalwell (CA-15), Joe Courtney (CT-02), Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), Donald Norcross (NJ-01), Dina Titus (NV-01), Paul Tonko (NY-20), John Larson (CT-01), Chellie Pingree (ME-01), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Luis Gutierrez (IL-04), Cheri Bustos (IL-17), J. Luis Correa (CA-46), Stephen F. Lynch (MA-08), Seth Moulton (MA-06), Carol SheaPorter (NH-01), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Dave Loebsack (IA-2), Anthony Brown (MD-4), Alma Adams (NC-12), Raúl Grijalva (AZ-3), Ann McLane Kuster (NH2), Julia Brownley (CA-26), Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC), Alcee L. Hastings (FL-20), Grace Meng (NY-06), Nydia Velazquez (NY-07), Bob Brady (PA-01), Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), and Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10).