US House of Representatives
Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District becomes national battleground race
AFL-CIO endorses re-election of Angie Craig
Adapted from the Minneapolis Labor Review, October 22, 2022
By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor
SCOTT COUNTY — The race for Minnesota’s Second Congressional District is shaping up to be one of the most hotly-contested races in the nation. As reported by the Star Tribune, $30 million in outside spending has poured into the district to influence the race. The outcome could help determine which party controls the U.S. House of Representatives.
The Minnesota AFL-CIO has endorsed two-term incumbent Angie Craig for re-election. In her two terms, DFLer Craig has earned a 100 percent voting score from the national AFL-CIO for her support of working families issues.
“Congresswoman Angie Craig has proven herself to be a champion for working Minnesotans,” the Minnesota AFL-CIO says in endorsing her.
In 2021, Craig voted for the labor-backed Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act) when it passed the House floor. The bill would have strengthened the rights of workers to organize and collectively bargain, issues which Craig continues to support.
The Minnesota AFL-CIO also notes that Craig co-sponsored and successfully passed a bill that will allow Medicare and Medicaid to negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies — “so Big Pharma cannot continue to profit off the backs of Minnesota families.”
According to a campaign spokesperson, Craig is “working to expand protections for union workers, ensure equal pay for equal work and eliminate all forms of discrimination in the workplace.”
With rising prices impacting families, the Craig campaign also highlights that Craig “is also fighting to lower costs for working families, which is why she voted to extend the ACA tax credits, introduced a bill to cap the cost of insulin at $35/month, and led legislation that would lower the average cost of gas across the country.”
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, abortion rights have become a major issue in the campaign.
Craig says, “I never thought I would see the day when an activist Supreme Court majority rolled back 50 years of legal precedent, stripping millions of American women of their fundamental rights, but that day has come. The conservative Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade allowed states to make laws banning abortions, even in cases of rape and incest. This is not who we are. The decision about whether and when to start a family is between a woman, her family, her doctor, and her faith — not governments or politicians. I will not stop fighting until every woman’s fundamental right to control her own body is protected and Roe is restored.”