National Partnership for Women & Families

Rebuild America Act is "Critically Important to Working Families and Our Nation," Women's Leader Says

Statement of Debra L. Ness, President, National Partnership for Women & Families
Washington, D.C. — May 10, 2012 —
"The introduction of the Rebuild America Act in the U.S. House of Representatives today by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D - CT) advances a powerful legislative package that America’s working families urgently need. The bill is an opportunity for Congress to focus on restoring economic growth and rebuilding the middle class by creating good jobs that offer the family friendly supports all workers need. Its passage would be a boost to working families and our nation.

The Rebuild America Act addresses the real issues facing America’s working families. Right now, more than 44 million workers in the United States have to choose between their health and their families’ economic security because they can’t earn paid sick days, which is a basic workplace protection. The Rebuild America Act would guarantee workers this right, providing them with much-needed financial stability and peace of mind when it comes to their families’ health.

In addition to establishing the national paid sick days standard the country needs, the Rebuild America Act would raise the minimum wage, protect overtime pay and workers’ right to stand together, and fund investments in education, child care and infrastructure. It is comprehensive, common sense legislation that defines a clear set of priorities for the nation that will ultimately benefit families, businesses and our economy. All members of Congress should take note.

We commend Congresswoman DeLauro for introducing this bill. She has been a longtime champion for the rights of working women and families and we thank her for her outstanding leadership, particularly on the issues of paid sick days and fair pay. The Rebuild America Act would go a long way toward moving our country forward. Congress should prioritize its passage."

Contact

Sadie Kliner (202) 986-2600 skliner@nationalpartnership.org

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at www.NationalPartnership.org.

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