Lipinski Votes for Rep. Kaptur for Speaker, a Strong Midwestern Voice for American Workers and the Longest-Serving Woman in the House
As the 112th Congress begins today, I want to thank the people of the Third District for giving me the honor and privilege of serving them for another two-year term. I will continue to represent them to the best of my ability, with my top priority being to bring people together to solve the problems our nation faces. First and foremost, we need to get Americans back to work.
The first vote that members cast in any new Congress is for Speaker of the House. While the position of Speaker is an incredibly important one, the vote on the first day of the new Congress is almost always a forgone conclusion, with the majority party having chosen the Speaker in a private caucus. Therefore the roll call vote on the floor is largely symbolic.
When I was called to vote, I cast my vote for Marcy Kaptur, a Polish-American Democrat from Toledo, Ohio, who is the most senior woman in the House of Representatives, beginning her 15th term. During her long career in the House, Ms. Kaptur has always been a strong voice for American workers, especially those working in manufacturing in the Midwest, and like myself was a fierce opponent of the Wall Street bailout. American manufacturing workers have been hit hard in the past decade, especially during this terrible recession that we are still trying to dig our way out of. I voted for Ms. Kaptur both to honor her service in the House and to call attention to those issues that both of us continue to fight hard for in Congress – promoting American jobs and helping the forgotten hard-working middle-class Americans who continue to struggle. During her time in Congress, Marcy has also been a courageous pro-life voice, and has been very active on issues important to American relations with Central Europe, especially Poland, and to all those Americans who trace their ancestry to that region.
(January 5, 2011)
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