Catching Up with Annie
Fighting for progress
Washington, D.C., February 1, 2019
Achieving Greater Equality for Women
On Wednesday, I joined my colleagues to reintroduce the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and guarantee that women can challenge pay discrimination and hold employers accountable. In 2019, it is completely unacceptable that women are still being paid less than men for the same work. This doesn’t just hurt women; it hurts their families, communities, and our economy. The Paycheck Fairness Act will correct this injustice by helping to ensure that women are given the compensation they deserve.
In addition to women receiving equal pay for equal work, it is long past time that discrimination based on sex was prohibited in the Constitution. I was proud to stand with my colleagues and allies this week to call for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Reaffirming Our Support for Social Security
It was fitting to reaffirm my support for Social Security on President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s birthday by cosponsoring the Social Security 2100 Act. Social Security has served as an essential safety net for older Americans in New Hampshire and across the country, and this legislation will help enact reforms so that this program continues to deliver for Americans into the future.
Protecting Federal Workers
Following the longest government shutdown in American history, I joined with Congressman Chris Pappas on Wednesday to call on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to protect federal workers with student loan payments in the event of future government shutdowns. Missed payments can result in default and potentially lasting damage to the borrower’s credit history, and hardworking federal employees should not face these difficulties because of an irresponsible government shutdown.
Caring for Our Veterans
I’m encouraged by the federal court ruling on Tuesday that declares Vietnam veterans who were impacted by toxic exposure while serving on ships offshore are eligible for the same VA benefits afforded to those who experienced toxic exposure on land. I’ve pushed to protect these 90,000 veterans because our country’s failure to properly care for them is an affront to all service members and veterans, and I’m proud this decision was made to help right this wrong.
As your Representative, my most important responsibility is supporting Granite Staters when they need help with federal agencies. I was contacted by Elahe Kardani of Nashua, who had an issue of concern regarding the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). My staff worked with USCIS and helped resolve Elahe’s issue. If my office may be of assistance with a problem you are experiencing, please reach out to my staff at 603-226-1002 so we can learn how we may help.
Thank you as always for everything you do to make New Hampshire such a great place to live, work, and raise a family. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!