Reps. Brenda Lawrence (left) and Debbie Dingell (right)
Two Michigan lawmakers, U.S. Reps. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield) and Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), on Wednesday were among the Democratic Women’s Caucus (DWC) members who marched to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office.
They hand-delivered a letter signed by 84 congresswomen demanding that the Kentucky Republican take up bipartisan legislation, including the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA), the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Raise the Wage Act, which have already passed the Democratic-controlled U.S. House.
“His failure to act denies our senators the opportunity to consider these critical pieces of legislation which is an affront to women and families across this country,” said Lawrence, DWC co-chair.
The three other Michigan Democratic congresswomen also signed the letter: U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) and Haley Stevens (D-Rochester Hills).
Other lawmakers leading the letter included Lawrence’s DWC co-chairs U.S. Reps. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) and Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), as well as U.S. Reps. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) and Deb Haaland (D-N.M.).
“House Democratic Women are not only fighting for the economic opportunity and the health of individuals, but we are also fighting for legislation that would empower women globally, combat the climate crisis, support women servicemembers and veterans, provide equality for all, and ensure women and families are able to live free from violence,” the congresswomen wrote.
“For too long, women and their families have been held back. House Democrats recognize that when women and girls have equal access to the tools needed to succeed, communities across our country are more prosperous. It is time for Senate Republicans to stop obstructing and expeditiously take action on House-passed legislation that would strengthen the well-being of more than half of all Americans. Women and girls deserve better.”
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