One year ago, House Republicans were demanding billions of dollars in cuts to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), early education, and a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. When they did not get what they want, they shut the government down.
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed a Continuing Resolution to keep the federal government open and serving the American people into December and avoid another disastrous Republican government shutdown. But while there is so much work left to do, Speaker Boehner has adjourned the House of Representatives until after the November election. House Democrats want to work, and we have consistently demanded that the House put middle class families first by:
- Demanding immediate votes on legislation to get women the respect of equal pay for equal work; to raise the federal minimum wage; to ease the crushing burdens of student loan debt; to guarantee workers the fairness and flexibility of paid sick leave; and, to expand access to effective early childhood learning;
- Pushing our Women’s Economic Agenda, because When Women Succeed, America Succeeds;
- Passing comprehensive immigration reform to create jobs and strengthen America;
- Blocking corporate inversions by companies renouncing their citizenship to dodge paying their fair share of taxes;
- Ending tax loopholes for corporations shipping jobs overseas.
It is irresponsible for the House of Representatives to go home with so much work left to do this year. We must stop tax policies that reward companies for shipping jobs overseas and start putting the middle class first by focusing on actions that can help strengthen all families – not just the wealthy and well connected. Now is the time to create jobs, empower families, and support workers so we can jumpstart the middle class.
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You may also obtain passport information by phone, in English and Spanish, by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778.
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi joins the national Women’s Law Center and MomsRising.com on the Capitol lawn to promote the need for investment in early childhood education.
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