Report Rebuts President's Claims of Helping the "Forgotten Men and Women" of Pennsylvania
Washington, DC – US Representatives Mike Doyle (PA-14), Brendan Boyle (PA-13) and Dwight Evans (PA-02) held a press call with reporters this morning to “pre-but” President Trump’s stump speech this evening in Erie.
“Before the President comes to Pennsylvania and tries to convince everybody what a bang-up job Republicans have done over the last year and a half, we wanted to take a look at the how most Pennsylvanians are doing,” Congressman Doyle said on the call. “The Republican agenda hasn’t really helped the “forgotten men and women” the President promised to help. The report we’re releasing today documents those broken promises.”
The three Congressmen released a report prepared by House Democrats documenting the challenges still facing millions of Pennsylvanians. Click here to read the report.
Doyle added, “Republicans promised they’d create new jobs, raise wages, rebuild our country’s crumbling infrastructure, and make high-quality, reliable health care available at a much lower cost. How’re they doing on those goals? Frankly, not so great.
“The fact of the matter is, however, that while corporations and the rich are doing great, thanks to the GOP agenda, tens of millions of Americans are still struggling to get by.
“A million taxpayers in Pennsylvania will get no tax cut in 2019; and some of them will actually see their taxes go up.
“The President will brag about unemployment at 4 percent and wage growth of 2.8 percent. What he doesn’t mention is that unemployment number’s so low because lots of people are so discouraged they’ve given up looking for work – and that many others are working 2 or 3 jobs in order to make ends meet.
“But it’s not enough just to have a job, or two, or three. People have to make enough money to live on. We’re all glad to see wages go up 2.8 percent, but don’t think it’s some kind of Trumpian miracle. Wage growth has averaged between 2% and 3% nationwide over the last 5 years.
““Unfortunately, in Pennsylvania, real average hourly wages have fallen more than 2 percent since President Trump took the oath of office. What’s more, from a longer perspective, after adjusting for inflation the average wage today has about the same purchasing power as it did 40 years ago – while the prices of many essentials have risen faster than wages for most of that time.
“Millions of Americans are faced with the challenge of stagnant wages and soaring health care costs; millions of young people are saddled with student loan debt; and our communities’ roads and schools and water systems are crumbling.
“Congressional Republicans have done little to address these challenges and help out the millions of hardworking Americans barely making it from paycheck to paycheck.
“Democrats have a much better deal for the American People. We want to help the majority of Americans that the GOP has left behind. Our agenda for the American people will create new jobs and raise wages by rebuilding our country, while getting health care and prescription drug costs under control so all Americans can afford the medical care they need.”
Click here to read about the House Democrats’ “A Better Deal” agenda.