May 11, 2013
This Sunday, my family, and families across our state will honor
exceptional women in our lives as we celebrate Mother�s Day. We
will collectively show appreciation for the mothers, wives, daughters,
aunts and friends � who are the fabric of our families and
communities. Their love, patience and guidance have shaped our lives and
those of our children, and instilled in each of us the virtues on which
our society is built. As fundamentally important as these women
are to us, and to our families, I also wanted to take a moment to
update you about some important work in Congress that will benefit the
women in our lives, and our families in Utah.
H.R. 377, the Paycheck Fairness
During the past few years of economic recovery, many families may be
relying on more than one income with an increasing number of mothers
joining the workforce in some capacity. As a country we still see
that women are paid, on average, 77 cents for every dollar a man earns
for the same work. Inequitable pay practices create significant
financial hardships for many women, and don�t properly value the
sacrifices women make to be a part of the workforce. I support
making certain that women in our families are not subject to this kind of
discrimination. That is why, again this year, I cosponsored H.R.
377, the Paycheck Fairness Act, which ensures that women are paid the
same amount as their male counterparts for the same work. This
is an important bill that will promote economic opportunities and
security for women and their families.
Many constituents I have spoken with have told me
heartbreaking and inspiring stories about how breast cancer has affected
their families. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most
prevalent cancer among women with almost 1 in 8 women developing breast
cancer in their lifetime. Over the course of the past several
decades, the federal government, private entities, and charitable
donations have invested billions of dollars in breast cancer research, which
has yielded much in terms of diagnosis and treatments. However,
not enough has been gained in terms of prevention, prevalence, and
mortality rate of the disease. That is why I cosponsored H.R.
1830, the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act. This bill would
help better coordinate and leverage public and private investments in
breast cancer research and work to identify and advance promising
leads for prevention and treatment.
On a personal note,
this Mother�s Day I am particularly grateful, as I am every year, for
my mother Norma, who inspired and cultivated my interest in public
service and for my wife Amy, who I admire deeply as a mother to our sons,
a talented physician, and partner in all that I do.
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