Statement Good morning Chairwoman Maloney, Ranking Member Jordan, and members of the committee. My name is Jacqui Silvani. I live in Newfields, New Hampshire, and I’m a proud member of MomsRising. I am also very proud to be a Navy veteran, a mother of three, a wife, and a teacher of fourth grade students at Epping Elementary School. I’m here today because I know firsthand why our country so urgently needs a comprehensive paid leave policy that allows all workers to care for their families without risking their jobs or financial security.
December 10, 2019
December 9, 2019
Statement “The agreement to include 12 weeks of paid parental leave for approximately two million federal workers as part of the National Defense Authorization Act is a significant and meaningful step forward for the federal workforce and the country. As an organization that has prioritized paid family and medical leave for all of our 13-year history, we are thrilled that millions more working people will soon have paid parental leave to care for new or newly adopted babies. We thank and commend the Democratic leaders in Congress who fought so aggressively for so long to win this advance.
December 6, 2019
Statement “Moms across our country are gravely concerned about the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs. Our members tell us every day that they, family members or friends are rationing or going without lifesaving medications they need because they cannot afford to pay for them. This is a growing national crisis and it is completely unacceptable.
December 4, 2019
Statement “The legislation U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Reps. Colin Allred (D-Texas) and Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) introduced today is not a paid leave bill, not a meaningful boost for low-income families, and not the solution our country urgently needs. It is, instead, a fatally flawed attempt to fool people by offering families a loan now that brings stark penalties later.
December 4, 2019
Statement “Hundreds of thousands more people in our country will go hungry if President Trump’s Department of Agriculture is allowed to revise eligibility requirements for SNAP, as announced this morning. This is one more attack on struggling families from an administration without heart or compassion and a brazen attempt to do through regulation what Congress refused to do through legislation: Make it harder for hungry families to get the food and nutrition they need.
December 3, 2019
Statement “In a meaningful and important move that will make Wake County stronger, healthier, and more successful, on Monday, December 2nd, the County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to provide up to three weeks of paid family medical leave to county employees who need paid time off to care for a seriously ill family member. This policy expands Wake County’s successful paid parental leave policy and is a significant step forward for the County and its communities.
November 27, 2019
News release Three young children recite the congressional oath of office as they use heart and star stickers to reassemble a torn-up copy of the U.S. Constitution in a powerful new 30-second ad. The spot, created by Anat Shenker-Osorio and produced by MomsRising, urges viewers to call their members of Congress and urge them to uphold their oath. “Our future is in your hands,” one of the children says as the tagline, “impeach now” flashes on the screen.
November 20, 2019
Statement “Today is a painful annual reminder that Latinas continue to face some of the most damaging wage gaps of any racial or ethnic group in the United States. On average, Latinas working full-time are paid just 54 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. Latina moms face an even more extreme wage gap of just 46 cents on the dollar compared to white, non-Hispanic dads. These punitive gaps persist across occupations and levels of education, and they harm individuals, families, communities and our economy.
October 31, 2019
Statement “The mounting evidence that President Trump abused his power in his dealings with Ukraine’s president is deeply disturbing and made passage of the impeachment inquiry resolution in the House of Representatives the only right and reasonable way forward. It is hard to understand how any lawmaker who values our democracy and the rule of law could vote against it.
October 30, 2019
Statement “Today’s vote on the resolution to block the Trump administration’s 1332 waiver rule—which would have prevented the administration from pushing bare-bones ‘junk’ health plans that allow discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions—was a truth test for those who promised to protect health coverage for the more than 130 million people with pre-existing conditions. Unfortunately for the country, 52 Republican U.S. Senators failed that test.