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Congressman Pete King Supports Organized Labor

Labor Day weekend is when we pay tribute to the men and women of organized labor and thank them for their great contributions to American life. As a former member of the Brotherhood of Railway and Steamship Clerks, Freight Handlers and Station Employees Union when I worked for the Railway Express loading and unloading freight cars at the West Side Terminal in Manhattan, I know and appreciate first hand the value and importance of labor unions. During my years in Congress I have maintained a strong relationship with organized labor. (Last year for instance I worked closely with Anthony Simon, the head of the railway transportation unions, and Governor Cuomo to help avert an LIRR strike.) I have been very fortunate and proud to receive the endorsement of many unions during my reelection campaigns. Recently I stopped by the Babylon Headquarters of the SMART Transportation Division (International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Railway & Transportation Workers) to meet with General Chairman Anthony Simon, his executive board and members to thank them for all the support they have given me over the years. These SMART members and all the others on Long Island are men and women who work hard, pay their taxes and add so much to our neighborhoods and communities. I am proud to stand with the men and women of organized labor.

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With all of the partisan political struggles that get media attention every day, it is important to remember that America and the world face constant critical and possibly existential threats.

Even more than Islamist terrorism, there is the severe threat of cyber attacks from Russia, Iran, China and international criminal enterprises. At the annual "Worldwide Threats" hearing, the leaders of America's Intelligence Community emphasized the necessity of protecting our critical defense, intelligence and industrial critical infrastructure from governmental and non-state hackers. As we saw in the 2016 elections there are the propaganda and surreptitious attacks on our democratic process.

Of course threats from a nuclear armed North Korea, a potential nuclear armed Iran, an expansion China and a resurgent Russia remain as do the ever deadly Islamist terrorist threats from ISIS, Al Qaeda and their offshoots and splinter groups.

We must face the reality that we live in an extremely dangerous world which is why it is vital that the Trump Administration continue to rebuild our military and we make sure that our intelligence agencies receive all the funding and all the moral support they need and deserve to protect Americans at home and American interests around the world. God Bless America!!

Paid for by Pete King for Congress.
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