Patricia Maher Disagrees With Supreme Court Rulings
Patricia Maher, Democratic candidate for Congress in the 2nd District, has come out against the two recent Supreme Court rulings. The first decision, Harris v. Quinn, puts limits on the ability of public-sector unions to expand. The second decision, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc, allows closely held, for-profit corporations to be exempt from providing contraception to their female employees. Both cases were decided 5-4.
“With Harris, the Supreme Court ruled that home healthcare workers, who are paid through Medicaid, are not full public employees,” noted Maher. “That means that they don’t have to join a union, or even pay an agency fee to cover the costs of collective bargaining without joining the union, yet are still covered under the union contract. This is what right-to-work is about, but it really should be called right-to-free-ride, because these individuals can benefit from union services without paying for them.
“In a time when LIRR union workers are fighting for a new contract after four years without one, when pensions are being cut across the board, when wages are stagnating and working families are struggling to make ends meet, it is imperative that we protect our public-sector unions to preserve the middle class and to keep the American dream alive”.
Maher was also critical of the Hobby Lobby case, decided the same day as Harris.
“And now with Hobby Lobby, for the first time ever, for-profit companies can claim a religious belief and deny their employees contraception. That’s an attack on women, and infringes on their legal rights. Contraceptives aren’t just used for birth control: they have a variety of medical uses, and for Hobby Lobby to refuse to provide them while investing in them at the same time is hypocritical”.
Maher continued, saying that “this ruling sets a dangerous precedent. Certain companies are now able to deny people blood transfusions, vaccines, and other lifesaving treatments on the basis of religious belief. Where is the freedom in that?
“I strongly oppose these two rulings, but will continue to fight for the middle class, labor, and healthcare rights,” Maher concluded.
Patricia Maher Stands With LIRR Union Workers
Patricia Maher, Democratic candidate for Congress in the 2nd District, supports LIRR union workers in their contract dispute with the MTA. Last Saturday, Maher, along with other politicians from both sides of the aisle, attended a labor rally at the Massapequa train station that attracted more than 2,000 workers from multiple unions including the Transportation Communications Union, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, and the National Conference of Firemen & Oilers-Service Employees International Union.
“These workers have been without a new contract for four years: enough is enough!” exclaimed Maher. “Working without a contract and without a raise for four years is unacceptable, let alone when times are tough”.
The LIRR unions have stood firm on their offer of a 17% raise over six years, an offer that is consistent with average cost-of-living increases due to inflation and also was recommended by two federal mediation boards. The MTA originally countered with an 11% raise over the same period of time.
But then on Tuesday, the MTA unveiled a new offer: a 17% raise over seven years, with some added benefits instead of the slightly larger annual pay increase proposed by the union. However, under this proposal, current workers would contribute 2% of their pay towards health insurance, and future hires would contribute 4% of their pay. The unions were critical of this offer, in part because it was revealed to the public before private negotiations could take place.
“No one wants a strike,” stated Maher, referring to a possible strike beginning on July 20 if there is no agreement. “But there needs to be good faith negotiations and the contract has to be fair to every stakeholder: the unions, the MTA, and the public”.
Maher concluded by saying that “two separate federal mediation boards sided with the union. If their offer was good enough for them, it should be good enough for us”.
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Patricia Maher Rips Peter King on Vote Against The Fair Pay Act
(Long Island, NY) Patricia Maher, who is running for Congress against Peter King in the 2nd District, criticized his vote against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. The Act set the statute of limitations for filing an equal-pay for equal-work lawsuit beginning on the date of each new paycheck in violation of the law. Previously, the statute of limitations began on the date of the initial paycheck discrimination.
“It’s almost mind-boggling how King could vote against this Act,” stated Maher. “Here was a clear loophole in the Civil Rights Act that allowed wage discrimination to persist. Oftentimes, people were unaware that they were being paid less than others for the same job until the statute of limitations had expired. That’s why the Act was needed and why it was passed”.
Maher added, “What’s particularly appalling about King’s vote is that over a two year period, he received $27,850 in contributions from interest groups that opposed the Act. He was more concerned about raising money for his campaign than acting in the interest of justice”.
“Discrimination on any basis is unconstitutional and morally wrong. If elected to Congress I will fight to further empower those who are being discriminated against to exercise their legal rights,” Maher concluded.
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Maher Blasts King on Excessive New Hampshire Visits
Amityville NY. Peter King announced yesterday that he will be going to New Hampshire this weekend for a GOP fundraiser, which will be his sixth trip to the state since last August.
But his opponent, Patricia Maher, is not pleased with the lack of attention he’s given the district in light of the amount of trips he’s made to New Hampshire, a notable early presidential primary state.
“For a member of Congress to have the audacity to boast on Facebook about how many trips he's taken to New Hampshire, no less take all these trips in the first place in hopes of a long-shot presidential bid, shows that he is out of touch with the people of his district,” stated Maher.
She continued, “He does not represent the interests of our district. He votes against senior citizens in Congress, he bragged about giving money to a Republican candidate for Senate in Arkansas who voted against Hurricane Sandy relief, and he has never met a job-outsourcing free trade agreement that he didn't like”.
Maher noted that the district was redrawn after the 2010 census to include much of the South Shore of Suffolk County. “King has not made an effort as a Congressman to make inroads with his new constituents or vote on behalf of their interests; his real ambition is to represent the American people as President” she concluded.
Patricia Maher to Peter King – Do Your Job and Fight For Immigration Reform
Patricia Maher, Democratic Candidate for Congress, says that her opponent Peter King should do more than just write a letter to Speaker Boehner asking to bring the Border Security Act to the floor for a vote. “If Peter really means it, he should do more. He could speak on the House floor before his colleagues, write an op-ed piece, or even have signed the discharge petition with the Democrats to help bring the bill up for a vote,” said Maher. “The letter is just lip service without further action. He has a lot of resources to use to help move a vote to the floor and he’s not using them.”
Immigration reform would create a program to help the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States gain legal status in conjunction with efforts to secure the border.
The Senate passed immigration reform in a bipartisan manner by a vote of 68-32. But the House still has not brought the bill up for a vote. Senate Democrats have given until August 1 to bring the bill to the House floor before President Obama may take action by Presidential decree.
“This may mean only a temporary change to immigration policy,” added Maher. “The clock is ticking. Most people would prefer to see a legislative solution than an executive order. As a member of Congress, it is King’s job to get legislation passed, not the President’s. He has to do more than just sit down and collect a big paycheck with perks attached”.
If passed into law, immigration reform would reduce the budget deficit by $197 billion over the next ten years and by $700 billion by 2033. In particular, it would add $276 billion in revenue for Social Security over the next 10 years while costing $33 billion to implement.
Patricia Maher says opponent Peter King is too little, too late on gun control
Patricia Maher, Democratic Candidate for Congress in the 2nd District, says that her opponent Rep. Peter King has been “too little, too late” on gun control. While King condemned the deadly shooting in Santa Barbara and co-sponsored a bill that passed the House which would extend background checks for most private firearm transactions, the fact is throughout his 22 year tenure, King’s voting record only serves to demonstrate his hypocrisy on gun control.
In 1999, King voted for a bill in Congress (HR 2122) that would have decreased the gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. “King was busy trying to lessen the time a National Instant Criminal Background Check System could be done,” said Maher.
In 2003, King voted against allowing lawsuits against gun retailers who negligently provide guns to known drug addicts or individuals certified as mentally ill. (HR 1036) And in 2005, King voted to prohibit suing gun manufacturers and sellers for damages resulting from gun misuse. (Bill S 397, 2005-534)
“The demographics of King’s district have changed and now suddenly he has a conscience with regard to gun control. Okay that’s good, but what he’s done for 22 years in Congress is why he should be voted out of office this year,” said Maher. “The safety of our children should have been paramount throughout King’s 22 year career through consistent and tougher gun control.”
“The tragic acts committed by those with mental illnesses, as with the recent California rampage could have been prevented if tougher and consistent federal gun control legislation had been supported by King and other members of the GOP House majority,” said Maher.
Patricia Maher Hits Peter King On His Anti-Senior Votes In Congress
Patricia Maher, who is running for Congress against Peter King in the 2nd District, criticized her opponent’s “abysmal” anti-senior voting record. She pointed to the 20% voting score he recently received in a report from the Alliance for Retirement Americans (ARA), a non-partisan senior citizen and retiree advocacy organization. Lifetime, King holds a 16% voting score from the group.
The ARA based their scores on ten votes in 2013 that pertained to senior issues. The report showed that King voted to privatize Medicare, cut SNAP benefits, refused to repeal cuts to other senior benefit programs, and came out against a proposed pro-retiree budget. Overall, in 2013 King voted against senior citizens 8 out of 10 times, resulting in a 20% score from the ARA.
“Don’t let him fool you: Peter King claims that he wants to preserve Social Security and Medicare, but in reality nothing could be further from the truth,” stated Maher. “In 2005, King wanted to privatize Social Security, which not only would have resulted in much higher overhead costs for seniors, but also would have decimated any semblance of retirement security when the market crashed in 2008. The recession would have been far worse and a lot more people would have been struggling if Social Security was privatized”.
Maher noted that “every year since 2011, King voted for the Paul Ryan budget, which would have privatized Medicare and cut Social Security benefits. His votes have been votes to reduce senior benefits while increasing their out-of-pocket expenses.”
“If elected to Congress, I will fight on behalf of seniors to expand Social Security and will stand against privatizing Medicare and cutting other senior benefits. These earned benefit programs are financially sound, are efficient, and are effective. Unlike my opponent, I believe that retirement security is of paramount importance and must be protected,” said Maher.
For the New York State ARA Report: http://webiva-downton.s3.amazonaws.com/402/b2/c/5381/New_York.pdf.
Patricia Maher Supports Expanding Social Security With The RAISE Act
Patricia Maher, a Democratic candidate for Congress in the 2nd District, touted her support of the RAISE (Retirement and Income Security Enhancements) Act. The Act was introduced in Congress by Senators Mark Begich (D-AK) and Patty Murray (D-WA), and is part of a broader, populist effort by progressive Democrats to expand Social Security.
Begich stated that the RAISE Act is “a common sense bill to update, enhance, and protect Social Security in a fiscally responsible way.” Murray added that “at a time when Social Security is an increasingly critical source of support for so many, the RAISE Act would make some commonsense updates to ensure our Social Security system is doing everything possible to help seniors and their families”.
On her Facebook page, Maher wrote, “If elected…I will join congressional Democrats in support of the RAISE Act. The Act would expand Social Security by increasing benefits for divorced spouses, widows and widowers, and students in college or vocational school with retired, disabled, or deceased parents”.
The proposed increase in benefits under the RAISE Act would be paid for with a two percent tax on earnings above $400,000 starting in 2015. The payroll tax cap is currently set at $117,000, which means that any income above that amount is not subject to payroll tax.
“Social Security is a highly effective and efficient program, with an almost $3 trillion Trust Fund surplus,” continued Maher. “In a time of stagnating wages, high income inequality, and eroding pensions and personal savings, Social Security should be expanded, not cut”.
Since its inception in 1935, Social Security has helped to reduce the elderly poverty rate by over forty percent. The program currently averages an annual benefit payment of $15,000 for retirees, keeps 20 million Americans out of poverty, and puts almost $775 billion into the economy.
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Wed Jul 16, 2014
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