For Immediate Release
November 15, 2021
EMILYs List Statement on Tom Barrett’s Candidacy in MI-08
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Republican state Sen. Tom Barrett announced his challenge to Rep. Elissa Slotkin to represent Michigan’s 8th Congressional District. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement in response:
“Throughout his career, Tom Barrett has prioritized his political party’s extreme agenda over Michiganders. In the state Legislature, Barrett opposed prevailing wage requirements and gutted the state’s minimum wage increase. These actions have enriched Barrett’s corporate donors, all while harming Michigan’s struggling workers and families.
“Congresswoman Slotkin has worked tirelessly in Congress to help Michigan families. In this term alone, she has been a champion for the child tax credit, paid parental leave, Medicare expansion, lower prescription drug prices, and infrastructure. She knows what the families in her district need, and she will never stop fighting to get it done. EMILYs List is proud to stand with Rep. Slotkin in her campaign for reelection.”
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