Of course this happened:
— Jose Dante Parra (@JoseDanteParra) March 31, 2014
— Sen. Robert Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) March 31, 2014
Yesterday was Cesar Chavez Day, which is a holiday in some states in honor of the labor rights leader. On the Senate floor, Bob Menendez (D-NJ) asked for unanimous consent for a resolution honoring Chavez, which was promptly objected to by Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and his pal David Vitter (R-LA), for the eighth year in a row, apparently.
This is worth calling out because Sessions in recent days has gone out of his way to portray himself as a friend to the working man, their defender against immigration reform and the jobs it will supposedly take away. Not only is the latter not true — immigration reform will create jobs and reduce the deficit — but the idea of Sessions as a working class champion is laughable. He’s repeatedly voted against tax cuts for working families and infrastructure investment that would create jobs, while crusading against food stamps and unemployment benefits.
And now he’s opposing a harmless resolution that would honor one of America’s great labor leaders. And he continues to oppose immigration reform, which businesses from the Chamber of Commerce to the tech industry to these farmers and growers have made clear they desperately need. So how exactly is Sessions a defender for the economy and jobs, again?