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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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Yesterday I had the great opportunity to be in the House chamber when French President Emmanuel Macron made his historic address to a Joint Session of Congress. I was also able to speak briefly with President Macron on the House floor just after his speech and thank him for standing with America in the war against terrorism and for forging such a close working relationship with President Trump.

France is our oldest ally, standing with us in our Revolutionary War against the British. While we stood with the French in World War I and World War II, our relationship with France has not always been a smooth one. (Charles DeGaulle and Jacques Chirac were two of the French leaders with whom we had differences.)

Elected last year in an upset victory, the 40 year old Macron was generally expected to be the European anti-Trump. Instead he and President Trump have formed a strong personal friendship and solid working relationship. They stand as one in their belief that Islamist terrorism must be crushed and that Iran can never be allowed to develop nuclear weapons.

On the subject of Iran, while President Trump believes we should pull out of the Iran nuclear deal reached with the Obama Administration, Macron believes we can achieve the same goal of a non-nuclear Iran through other means. President Trump has said he will consider Macron's proposals. Whether they end up agreeing on the specifics, the fact that these two world leaders can work together is a tribute to them and a strong measure of their joint commitment to the democratic values which underly our two nations. It also sends a strong signal to our enemies -- including ISIS, Islamist terrorism and Assad's Syria.

Viva la France! God Bless America!!

Paid for by Pete King for Congress.
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