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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Slaughter to Host Rochester Army Reservist at the State of the Union Address

January 29, 2018
Press Release
Former Frontier Communications employee was laid off in company-wide downsizing despite Republican promises that their tax cut bill would help companies create jobs

ROCHESTER, NY — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) announced today that Rochester constituent and Army Reservist Dustin Newman will be her guest for President Trump’s State of the Union address. Newman was recently laid off by Frontier Communications as part of larger downsizing despite passage of the president’s tax cut bill for big corporations and the wealthy, which Congressional Republicans claimed would help companies create jobs. Slaughter voted against this proposal, highlighting how it would raise taxes for 86 million middle class families and increase the deficit by more than $1.5 trillion. As dean of the New York State congressional delegation, Slaughter also announced that she will continue her tradition of bringing together the state’s upstate congressional delegation for a bipartisan meeting prior to the president’s speech. The group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers will meet in the spirit of bipartisan fellowship to discuss their priorities for upstate New York in 2018 and beyond.

“I’m pleased to host Dustin as my guest for the president’s State of the Union address. Despite the promises made by the president and Congressional Republicans that the tax cut bill would help companies create jobs, Dustin’s story is just one example of the reality that we’re seeing across the country. Companies are continuing to lay off workers with some even using tax cuts on stock buybacks that help their wealthy executives rather than creating jobs. It’s proof that this tax cut bill was designed to help the wealthy and not our workers. When President Trump looks into the gallery during the speech, I want him to see Dustin – a proud Army Reservist – and the impacts of his broken promises,” said Slaughter. 

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to attend the president’s State of the Union address,” said Newman. “I am grateful that Congresswoman Slaughter has extended this special invitation and I thank her for her continued leadership in looking out for Rochester workers and fighting to protect local jobs.”

Newman, 33, lives in Rochester and serves in the Army Reserves. He is married to his wife, Julie, and has two daughters, Raina, aged 5, and Poppy, 11 months. He was laid off in January along with 31 other employees as part of a larger downsizing happening company-wide. In addition to providing customer services, local Frontier employees also help ensure the smooth operation of 911 call centers.

Slaughter has made a tradition of bringing together New York’s bipartisan, upstate congressional delegation. This year, she will host a group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers from across the region for a get-together before proceeding to the House Chamber to hear the president’s address.

In December, Slaughter voted against the Republican bill to provide a massive tax cut for big corporations and the wealthy while raising taxes for 86 million middle class families and increasing the deficit by more than $1.5 trillion. Because the tax bill is unpaid for, federal law requires cuts to programs Americans depend on to pay for these tax cuts for the rich, including a $25 billion cut to Medicare.

In addition to fighting for local workers, Slaughter has long been considered a leader on fair trade issues and has worked to rebuild America’s manufacturing base. Earlier this year, Slaughter urged the administration to completely overhaul the failed North America Free Trade Agreement and craft a bipartisan deal that includes enforceable labor and environmental provisions, and protects Buy American policies. She has also introduced the Trade Enforcement and Trade Deficit Reduction Act to change how we approach international trade and give American workers and manufacturers the tools they need to compete on a level playing field around the globe. At the same time, Slaughter has also worked tirelessly to help Rochester manufacturers while defending them from unfair competition overseas.