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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

Democratic Women's Caucus Members Blast Senate Republicans’ Unwillingness to Prioritize Funding for Women and their Families

October 19, 2020
Press Release
Washington, DC – Co-Chairs of the Democratic Women’s Caucus (DWC) Representatives Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), Lois Frankel (FL-21), Jackie Speier (CA-14), and Vice Chairs Representatives Veronica Escobar (TX-16) and Deb Haaland (NM-01), joined by House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Representative Katherine Clark, Co-Chair of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Representative Debbie Dingell, and Co-Chair of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee Representative Rosa DeLauro, sent the attached letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressing deep disappointment by Senate Republicans’ lack of willingness to prioritize funding that would help women and their families in their latest coronavirus relief package.
“This pandemic continues to highlight that job losses among women have been a direct result of the collapse of female-dominated industries such as child care, hospitality, retail, education, and health care. Other factors, including the gender wage gap and women’s disproportionate share of caregiving responsibilities, also continue to drive women out of the workforce. The Senate’s inaction in the face of these challenges threatens to erode decades of progress women have made in the workforce, jeopardizing the long-term economic security of women, their families, and our entire economy,” said members of the Democratic Women’s Caucus.
“During these unprecedented times, and as we enter the traditional flu season, one thing is clear—this pandemic will not be subsiding anytime soon. With the health and economic security of women and families at stake, we implore Senate Republicans to shift their wildly misguided priorities and focus on providing comprehensive coronavirus relief legislation that addresses the needs of women and their families rather than rushing through a Supreme Court nomination.”
The full letter can be found PDF iconhere.