Making HIV/AIDS a Memory
Last weekend, I was proud to join more than one hundred volunteers and supporters of the National AIDS Memorial Grove gathered for the monthly Community Volunteer Workday.
The Grove is a place of remembrance and renewal in the heart of the city that was hit early and hard by AIDS and responded as a community with prevention, treatment, and care. We have made a tremendous difference in this fight against HIV/AIDS and it is something that all of us should take as a source of pride.
At the Workday, I was humbled by the dedication of the “The Nancy Pelosi Leadership Walkway”. This Pathway stands as a tribute to San Francisco’s leadership
in responding to the AIDS epidemic. None of what we achieved would have been possible without this city’s sense of community.
When we first established the Grove, we never thought we would be here, 22 years later, without a cure - so the work goes on until we make HIV/AIDS a memory
. This is what brings us back to the Grove - to remember, to volunteer, and to recommit ourselves to the cause of an AIDS-free generation.
Americans Want Jobs
It has been 205 days since Congress convened this year and 125 days since the Senate passed a budget bill. House Republicans continue to refuse to bring forward a jobs bill or go to the negotiating table.
House Democrats extend a hand of friendship to try to work together to resolve the budget. But there are certain lines that we will not cross. We will not destroy jobs. We will not harm our senior citizens by cutting Medicare and Social Security. We will not put insurance companies back in charge of health care, while ending critical patient protections that are in the Affordable Care Act. This is the standard the American people want us to meet. This is the standard Congress should uphold.
When President Obama addressed the nation at Knox College this week, he put forth ideas to grow our economy and create jobs, upholding the principle that you grow the economy best from the middle out, rather than the top down. This is accomplished with a budget that promotes growth with good paying jobs, invests in innovation, grows the infrastructure of America, expands the economy, and responsibly reduces the deficit.
As the President said, one step that we can take to advance the economy and the middle class is to raise the minimum wage. Yesterday was the four-year anniversary since the last increase in the minimum wage. House Democrats have put forth legislation to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and to ensure that it keeps pace with the cost of living.
Congress must act now. The American people deserve a budget that replaces across the board cuts with a plan to create jobs, strengthen the middle class, and responsibly reduce the deficit.