Seattle PI - This year’s Labor Day picnic was held in my neighborhood.
U. S. Senator Maria Cantwell was among the speakers. It was great to hear her talk about her parents, both union members, and how, due to their work, she was the first one in her family to attend college.
After college, she became a businesswoman in the high-tech industry. Cantwell, a baby boomer, was elected to the Senate in 2000 and 2006.
I also enjoyed hearing other candidates talk about the importance of labor to families in America. Family wage jobs, which unions help protect, are so important in keeping our country strong.
I hope you’re having a good Labor Day celebration. Be sure to take time to honor the achievements of working people.
As one of the most beautiful states in the union–and one of the richest in natural resources–Washington has a special interest in energy and environmental policy. And Maria has fought hard to uphold the state’s conservation tradition, while also working to bring our energy policy into the 21st century.
Maria knows Washington’s business community – because, as an executive at an innovative software company, she was part of it. And as a Senator, she’s led the way in helping businesses large and small throughout Washington grow, thrive, and create jobs.
Maria has taken a leadership role on safety and security issues, including defending our borders, strengthening our military, cracking down on gangs, and taking on drug crime in Washington communities.
Middle-class families around Washington and across the country are facing tough times–and tough decisions about balancing the family checkbook each month. Maria has fought to strengthen the economic security of Washington families and cut taxes for middle-class families.