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Washington Works Great for Those With Money and Power

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The rigged game in Washington does a lot more than just help the rich to get richer.

Tax breaks for billionaires mean there's less money for educating our kids or rebuilding roads and bridges. Trade policies that benefit corporate CEOs make it easier to ship jobs overseas. Subsidies go to Big Oil, while small businesses pay full freight.

The list could go on and on but the point is the same: Washington works really well for those with money and power. For everyone else, not so much.

After two years in the Senate, I see more than ever how much government matters. Our Senate campaign was never just about me -- it was about how we all work together to stand up, speak out, and give every kid a fighting chance to succeed.

Government matters. Kids tell me they did everything they were supposed to do -- worked hard and got a good education, but now they are worried that they will never dig out of their mountains of student loan debt.

Seniors stop me on the street. They tell me they worked really hard their whole lives, but now they are in constant fear of how they'll make it if Congress cuts their Social Security checks.

Fast-food workers tell me they don't have time to stop and say hello, let alone call or visit one of my offices. They're too busy and too exhausted working two or three jobs trying to pay the rent and keep groceries on the table.

Student loans. Social Security. Minimum wage. Government matters. We the people need a government that works for the people. This isn't about big government versus small government. This is about whether we're going to have a government that works only for the rich and powerful, or a government that works for everyone.

That's what I'm fighting for -- and that's what this team is fighting for -- each and every day.

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