Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following statement on Labor Day 2011:

On Labor Day, we honor the American worker, the engine of our economy, and our most important resource. It is also time to remember the important role labor unions and collective bargaining rights have historically played in supporting our nation’s workers and shaping the backbone of America’s strong middle class.

However, today, the U.S. job market is stalling and many of our friends and neighbors are unemployed or underemployed. I believe it is more important than ever that we help people achieve their American dream by supporting family-wage jobs and fighting for opportunities like education and workforce training. It is vital that we continue to invest in the American worker and help them succeed in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.

As we confront our current fiscal challenges, we must keep in mind the American values of broad-based prosperity and economic opportunity for all. We need a balanced, long-term approach to getting our economy back on track that will spur job growth while protecting programs that support our working-class.