Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles SchumerTrump: Washington ‘actually much worse than anyone ever thought’ Schumer: Dems didn’t ‘tell people what we stood for’ in 2016 Schumer: Dems, not Russia, are to blame for loss to Trump MORE (D-N.Y.) in a piece published Monday laid out a Democratic plan to help American workers.
In the op-ed published in The New York Times, Schumer said Americans are “clamoring for bold changes to our politics and our economy.”
“American families deserve a better deal so that this country works for everyone again, not just the elites and special interests,” he wrote in the op-ed. “Today, Democrats will start presenting that better deal to the American people.”
Schumer said today’s working Americans are “justified in having greater doubts about the future than any generation since the Depression.”
“Americans believe they’re getting a raw deal from both the economic and political systems in our country. And they are right,” he said.
“And for far too long, government has gone along, tilting the economic playing field in favor of the wealthy and powerful while putting new burdens on the backs of hard-working Americans.”
Democrats have in the past hesitated from “taking on those misguided policies directly and unflinchingly — so much so that many Americans don’t know what we stand for,” he wrote.
“Not after today,” he wrote. “Democrats will show the country that we’re the party on the side of working people — and that we stand for three simple things.”
Schumer laid out the Democrats’ plan, which includes increasing people’s pay and reducing their everyday expenses. The plan also included giving workers the necessary tools “for the 21st century economy.”
He said over the next few months, the Democrats will lay out a series of policies that “if enacted, will make these things a reality.”
“We are in the minority in both houses of Congress; we cannot promise anyone that this Congress will begin passing our priorities tomorrow,” he wrote.
“But we have to start raising our voices to present our vision for the country’s future. We will seek the support of any Republicans willing to work with us, but more important, we must start rallying the American people to support our ideas.”
“Democrats will offer a better deal,” he wrote.
The op-ed comes as Democrats in both chambers are expected to gather Monday in Virginia to unveil a new national messaging campaign aimed at easing the economic strain on working-class Americans.
Democrats are hoping their latest message pitch will prove an effective contrast to the Republicans’ policy agenda and pull voters to their side in next year’s midterm elections.