Congresswoman Young Kim of California, one of the three first Korean-American women to serve in office, joined Nancy Brinker on Newsmax to speak about the passing of the PRO-act.
“You know, we have this perception of California as being the land of liberals. That’s what we’re we’re told. And yet you were able to unseat an incumbent Democrat. How did you make your case to voters?” Brinker asked.
The congresswoman responded that she “worked hard” and told the people that she was the “first Korean-American woman that was elected to the California State Assembly” as a Republican. “That really shows that there is an opportunity for immigrants like me,” she added.
“I made the same case that when you work hard, you can achieve anything you want. With that same mindset, I ran for Congress,” she continued. “I ran in 2018, but I didn’t give up, even though it was a heartbreaking loss with a very, very small margin of loss. But I regrouped and came back and retook the seat.”
She went on, saying: “Through hard work and determination, I was able to achieve what I’m doing right now. So this really shows that the Republican Party is the great opportunity party that creates policies that allow Americans of all backgrounds to succeed, just like I did.”
“I have to tell you, it wasn’t easy,” she added. “But, I worked hard, I didn’t give up. And I came to Congress to get through the gridlock and get things done. And I have heard from so many of my constituents that they are getting hope. They’re inspired by my story. And I hope that this is an opportunity for me to tell my story, for them to achieve their dream, too.”
Moving on, Brinker asked about the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO) Act. “One of the failed policies in California was something called AB5. It was legislation that killed opportunities for freelancers and independent contractors. And it’s been reintroduced on the national stage as the so-called PRO Act. How do you feel about this very pro-union proposal?” Brinker asked.
Calling it a “failed policy,” the congresswoman described the PRO Act as “anti-worker, anti-business, anti-freedom, and anti-American.”
“We heard the president talking about the need to create jobs in his address to Congress, but then he also said in the same breath that we need to sign into law the PRO Act that would nationalize the policies that continue to drive workers and businesses out of my home state of California,” she continued.
“The last thing Congress should be doing as we get our economy back on track is passing a bill that hits the brakes on our recovery, kills jobs, and hurts small businesses,” she added. “That’s what this AB5 has done in California. And it would destroy our gig economy and independent work from Uber and Lyft drivers to local artist and financial advisors.”
“This is something that is going to hurt not only the state of California, which we’ve seen, but is going to hurt our American economy,” she explained. “That’s why I’m working hard to fight this. I spoke on the floor when this PRO Act came up, and I talked about the experience in California—how this legislation has driven many workers and businesses out of the state of California.”
“I hope the president talks to California workers and families about this disastrous policy,” Congresswoman Young Kim added.