DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today on the Michigan Republican Party’s maneuvers to pass so called “right to work” legislation in their state:
“This November, the voters of Michigan turned out in droves to re-elect President Obama, send Senator Stabenow back to Washington to keep fighting for them, and defeat five incumbent Republican state legislators. But it appears Michigan Republicans still didn’t get the message, because now—in the very birthplace of America’s organized labor movement—they are pushing through anti-worker legislation with no hearings and little public debate to hear from the people of Michigan.
“Governor Rick Snyder and his Republican allies have made it clear to Michiganders they cannot be trusted to lead, and just like the outside special interests that attempted to decide the outcome of the 2012 presidential election, their agenda is apparently more important than the hardworking Americans they represent. They have used cheap legislative tricks to deny voters the chance to put this anti-worker legislation on the ballot for a statewide referendum and yesterday saw hard working Michiganders locked out of their state Capitol, arrested, and even pepper sprayed by State Police simply for trying to voice their dissent to this legislation. Now, without any real opportunity for discussion, Governor Snyder says he will sign the bills when they reach his desk.
“This is simply not how business should be done. Today, I am standing with the middle-class families of Michigan, who deserve the right to earn good wages and good benefits. President Obama and the Democratic Party will continue to fight every single day for the middle class, growing our economy from the middle out—not the top down. This is not only about the future of the state of Michigan; it’s about the future of our country and the future of America’s working families.”