Democratic Senator Kristin Gillibrand from New York is doing what every one of the other 534 men and women in Congress should be doing . . . her job!
She has looked into the lives of millions of Americans, defined the top 5 challenges they face in the lingering aftermath of the 2008 economic meltdown, and is taking action.
Senator Gillibrand has created her Opportunity Plan, a plan that makes economic sense, transcends politics, strengthens the nation’s economy, and improves the quality of life for American families.
Not bad, huh?
Gillibrand’s plan addresses the primary economic challenges that oppress families today: Paid family and medical leave, the minimum wage, affordable child care for working parents, education for pre-kindergarten children, and equal pay for equal work.
Now . . . before anyone jumps to affirm or deny the wisdom of Senator Gillibrand’s plan, you might want to take a moment to evaluate each part and the sum total of all of the parts.
- Paid Family & Medical Leave –Senator Gillibrand plans to introduce The FAMILY Act, legislation which will establish a family leave and medical leave plan to provide financial security for families facing serious illness or injuries. The plan would not be funded by taxpayers. Senator Gillibrand’s legislation would establish a fully-funded trust fund that would collect contributions from employers and employees and would allow workers to take paid family and medical leave for less than $2.00 per week . . . whether they work part-time, full-time, or are even self-employed.
- Fair Minimum Wage Act – this legislation would reduce taxpayer subsidies for the multi-billions in profits retained by minimum wage mega-employers like McDonald’s and Wal-Mart. Senator Gillibrand proposes raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour over a 3-year period to improve the purchasing power of and quality of life for approximately 33 million American men, women, and children.
- Affordable Child Care – families would be able to deduct the cost of child care as a business expense, low-income families would receive a refundable tax credit to offset child care costs, and employers would receive incentives to provide on-site quality child care.
- Education for pre-kindergarten children – not only provides child care to allow mothers of young children to continue to work to help support their families but would also enable pre-Kindergarten children to start learning at an earlier age; thereby improving each child’s chances to graduate from high school and go on to college.
- Equal Pay for Equal Work – if women earned equal pay for equal work, an absurd moral wrong would be made right and the gross domestic product of the nation would grow by an estimated 4 percent, adding trillions of dollars and thousands of jobs to our economy, along with generating billions of dollars in tax revenues for cities, counties, states, and for the treasury of the United States.
If you would like your representative in Congress to do something other than throw political barbs at the opposition while playing footsie with lobbyists, you might send a letter, a FAX, an Email, or even make a telephone call to tell him or her to support Senator Gillibrand’s legislation.
After all, your letter, FAX, Email, or phone call could be the one that makes the difference!
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