Now, there is only one. With media-star SEIU’s Andy Stern soon leaving the union stage, AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka is the man–the new king of the Hill (so to speak), the man poised to tell Democrats what to do and how to do it. He no longer has to share the stage with the lavender-lapeled lord of labor and Democrats seem to be aware that there’s a new bully on the block:
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will work the room ahead of a 4:30 p.m. vote on the financial regulatory reform bill Tuesday.
Democrats are planning to hold continuous votes on the motion to proceed, which are expected to fail, seeking to cast Republicans as opponents of the reform package who cast their lot with large Wall Street banks.
“It is unbelievable that two years, hundreds of billions of dollars and millions of lost jobs later, Congress still hasn’t acted to rein in Wall Street to protect Main Street,” Trumka said in a statement. “Yesterday all 41 Republican senators stood united in their opposition to debate a Wall Street accountability bill, protecting the big bank lobby.”
Now that Trumka’s the BMOC in DC, he’s not doing badly for a guy who just a decade or so ago pleaded the Fifth Amendment before Congress.
“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776
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