“New Congress Could Surprise Voters”

Statement of LIUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan

Washington, D.C. (November 5, 2014) – Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America – made the following statement today on the results of the mid-term elections:

While there were some surprises last night, hopefully the biggest surprise will be that Congress finally does its job and works in a bipartisan way to make America better.

Congress has the opportunity to work together to end six agonizing years of polarization and gridlock by moving forward on key pieces of legislation. Congress could secure energy independence and unlock hundreds of thousands of good jobs by passing a long-term fully funded transportation bill and encouraging a sound all-of-the-above energy policy. Congress can and should tackle comprehensive immigration reform and make the necessary changes to the Affordable Care Act so that multi-employer plans, which have responsibly and effectively provided healthcare for generations, are not dismantled and destroyed.

Safe roads and bridges, immigration reform, the healthcare of millions of Americans, and our nation’s energy future are not Republican issues or Democratic issues. They affect Americans of all political views and are issues on which both parties should lead.