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Washington, DC – Today, Representatives Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) and Stacey Plaskett (VI) led a letter to President Donald Trump which raises concerns with his denigrating treatment of journalists, specifically his recent berating of three African American women journalists; Abby Phillip, April Ryan and Yamiche Alcindor. Equally important, the letter calls for an apology to these three women and to the American public.
In celebration of National Women's Small Business Month, please join Congresswoman Brenda L. Lawrence as she hosts her Women in Business Forum:The State of Women-Owned Small Businesses in the Federal Procurement Market. The event will bring together women business owners and entrepreneurs in Southeast Michigan to learn about existing federal resources and services to provide support and guidance to address market access barriers for women-owned businesses to sell goods and services to the federal government and foreign markets.
Washington, DC – Today, the leadership of the Democratic Women’s Working Group, Congresswomen Lois Frankel (FL-21), Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), and Jackie Speier (CA-14), released an open letter to women in American in response to the nomination and confirmation process of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
WASHINGTON, DC – October 3, 2018 – Today, the leadership of the Democratic Women’s Working Group, Congresswomen Lois Frankel (FL-21), Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), and Jackie Speier (CA-14), released the following statement in response to President mocking Dr. Christine Blasey Ford at a campaign rally.
House Democrats are still holding out hope that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh isn’t confirmed, but if he is and they win the majority in November, they’ll launch investigations of their own. House Democrats want to interview witnesses who could provide more insight into multiple allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh, and investigate whether the judge perjured himself during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. “We’re going to have to get to the bottom of this and have accountability,” said Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Mich., who sits on Oversight.
It was reminiscent of women's support for Anita Hill in 1991. During an executive meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee the day after hearing testimonies from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a group of House Democratic women protested the Kavanaugh confirmation vote. The group had been in the audience watching the committee's discussion about the Supreme Court nominee. After the committee pushed a motion to vote on Kavanaugh later that afternoon, several Democrats on the committee stood up and walked out to show how deeply they objected.
House Democratic women marched over to the other side of the Capitol on Friday to join their Senate colleagues in registering their opposition to the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. As Democratic senators left the Judiciary Committee hearing room in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, their House colleagues assembled in a show of support. “Our call today is for mercy,” Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said, calling on Republican senators to vote no on Kavanaugh. The committee vote on Kavanaugh was set for 1:30 p.m.
On the same morning Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about a high school party at which she says U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, Congressman Jared Huffman called for his confirmation proceedings to be postponed. In a letter signed by Huffman and 65 other Democratic members of Congress, the representatives called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to suspend the process until the FBI can conduct a thorough investigation into Ford’s account, as well as those of other women who have now come forward.
The three women in Michigan's congressional delegation on Thursday expressed solidarity with Christine Blasey Ford as her testimony on Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination got underway before a U.S. Senate panel. Ford has accused the federal appeals court judge of sexual assault when they were both in high school. Kavanaugh has strongly denied the allegations. Ford spoke publicly for the first time Thursday, telling her story to the Senate Judiciary Committee and taking questions from Democratic senators and an outside attorney hired by the Republican-controlled panel. U.S. Reps.