May 13, 2012
Washington, DC — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released the following statement in honor of Mother’s Day
“I wish families in Nevada and across the country a happy Mother’s Day, and I thank moms everywhere for the hard work they do every day.
“Like so many mothers, mine taught me that I could handle anything the world could throw at me, even if the odds were stacked against me. My mother’s words have guided me through my life and through my years in public service. Washing clothes for others and running our household, my mother worked tirelessly to give me and my brothers everything that was within her reach. Her memory is a driving force behind the I work I do in the Senate to support families in Nevada and across the country. We in the Senate must continue to be advocates for mothers today, so they can encourage their children to dream and give them the tools to turn those aspirations into reality.
“This day is an important reminder why Congress should do everything possible to assure and expand mothers’ access to healthcare and right the inequities that still affect them in the workplace. I fought to pass The Affordable Care Act, which significantly improves critical health services for women, and ends discriminatory practices against women by insurance companies. Since its passage, 45 million American women have gained access to free preventative health care, including maternity coverage and other services for young mothers. In April, the Senate reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA, which makes legal assistance available to victims of violence, and protects children affected by domestic violence. Through VAWA we reaffirmed our national commitment to protect mothers and all American women against abuse.
“Laws like the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which we passed in 2009, ensure that women have the tools to fight for just pay. But much lies ahead of us. It is unconscionable that women still make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes doing similar work. Because of this, the Senate will move in the coming weeks to approve legislation that will help narrow this gap. As our economy continues to mend, this this is the least we can do for the sake of America’s mothers and their families.”