Nearly 53% of Indiana ballots cast during the 2016 election were cast by women. Hoosier women make up a formidable majority yet GOP lawmakers continue to pass legislation targeting women’s rights. It’s time we stand together and put GOP legislators on notice.
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INDIANAPOLIS – After 4 years of opposing efforts in Washington that would improve the lives of working people, Congressman Luke Messer has announced a task force that he claims will identify policies designed to help working Americans—and will likely lead him right back to the same proposals he’s voted against.
Yesterday, Congressman Messer announced the formation of the “Task Force for the American Worker.” According to the Republican Policy Committee, the new group will “hold a series of hearings to examine workforce issues, including stagnant wages and a slow economic recovery, manufacturing, higher education costs, the opioid abuse epidemic, health care, retirement security and trade.”
But while Congressman Messer now claims to now have interest in solving these problems, he’s fought against common-sense solutions designed to address them. This year, he’s been a major proponent of the recent Republican health care plans that would take away access to care for tens of millions of Americans. He’s supported proposals that would slash social security and end Medicare as we know it. He voted against measures to raise the minimum wage and put more money in the pockets of hard-working Americans. And after supporting budgets that help Wall Street but not Indiana manufacturers, Congressman Messer voted to cut nearly $1 billion in aid set to benefit more than 5,850 Hoosiers from FY 2013 to FY 2015 whose jobs have been sent overseas.
“Congressman Messer thinks he can pay lip service to working families, but Hoosiers haven’t forgotten his history in Washington on the issues that matter to them,” said Will Baskin Gerwitz, IDP Senior Media Strategist. “Congressman Messer has repeatedly sought to reduce Hoosiers’ access to affordable healthcare, slash Medicare, and ignore wage stagnation. If he wants to find the root of the problems facing working people, he doesn’t need to hold another hearing in Washington; he just needs to take a look in the mirror.”
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody issued the following statement upon passage of Senate Enrolled Act 404.
“On the campaign trail, Governor Eric Holcomb repeatedly asserted he would focus exclusively on economic issues. In fact, in an interview just last week, Holcomb said he was “laser-focused’ on these issues and was “not going to be distracted” by divisive social issues. This week, Holcomb’s pledge will be put to the test. Republican supermajorities in the House and Senate have pushed through a divisive women’s health bill, inserting the government between patients and their doctors. If Holcomb means what he says, he must veto Senate Enrolled Act 404.”
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody issued the following statement on Equal Pay Day.
“It takes nearly 100 additional days for women to earn what men made in 2016. Today, on Equal Pay Day, we mark that date and are reminded of just how much progress there is still left to make. We’re beyond just recognizing the issue of equal pay for equal work, it’s time for action. In Indiana, women earn just 76 cents for every dollar men make. At this rate, women today will not achieve pay equity until 2082, and Indiana Statehouse Republicans have actively blocked steps to right this injustice. Hoosiers deserve better. We owe it to our mothers, sisters, daughters and our communities to take action. Indiana Democrats have a documented history fighting for pay equality at the Statehouse and at the Capitol. We invite Statehouse Republicans to join us in our efforts to close the wage gap in our state.”
Holcomb already earns nearly three times more than the average Hoosier
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody issued the following statement after Statehouse Republicans rejected measure to study increasing Hoosiers’ incomes.
“Hoosiers have some of the lowest per capita incomes in the country. Residents of Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin all had higher average incomes in 2016. Hoosiers earn just 88 cents for every dollar the average American makes. It’s unacceptable and it’s a stinging failure of leadership over the last dozen years. And yet, Statehouse Republicans’ stunning negligence on this issue continues to mystify. Today, Republicans advanced a measure to study raising Governor Eric Holcomb’s pay while rejecting measures to study raising Hoosier families’ incomes. It’s a bad look for the Governor, considering he already earns nearly 300 percent of what the average Hoosier makes. Part of governing is admitting weaknesses and working to right them. Statehouse Republicans actively ignore the reality of Indiana’s embarrassingly low per capita incomes without a real strategy to raise them. Today is just another awkward chapter in Republicans’ decade-long denial of this critical issue.”