Rep. Edwards with Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and other Women Members at one of the forums during ALC Weekend.
Rep. Edwards speaking about women in politics during one of the 2013 ALC forums.
Rep. Edwards with her fellow Co-Chair of the 2013 Annual Legislative Conference, Rep. Cedric Richmond, and other Members and guests during the Chairman's Reception at the 2013 ALC.
Rep. Edwards is a guest on MSNBC's "Disrupt with Karen Finney" in front of the Lincoln Memorial after the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.
Congresswoman Edwards and Former Congresswoman Morella pose for the camera at a recent event.
Edwards Brown Gov: Rep. Edwards attends Anthony Brown's announcement to run for Governor of Maryland in 2014 at Prince George's Community College.
Rep. Edwards speaks at the announcement event of the Brown-Ulman ticket.
Rep. Edwards speaks at the 2013 Maryland Democratic Party luncheon in Annapolis, Maryland, on January 8.
Rep. Edwards and Sen. Ben Cardin attend a recent West Laurel Civic Association meeting where they discussed a variety of issues and took questions from the audience.
Rep. Edwards speaks at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night hours before President Obama.
Rep. Edwards visits with members of the Rotary Club of Lake Shore at Mt. Carmel Church, where the club has met since 1948.
Rep. Edwards speaks in Easton, MD at the Rally Against the War on Women, hosted by the Democratic Women's Club of Talbot County.
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn and Democratic Caucus Chair John Larson (not pictured) attended one of Congresswoman Edwards' recent campaign events
Rep. Edwards and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi address the crowd at a recent event.
Rep. Edwards speaks with attendees at the IBEW 26 picnic.
Rep. Edwards with attendees at the IBEW 26 picnic.
Rep. Edwards with Chuck Graham (far left) at the IBEW picnic on August 4.
Congresswoman Edwards with Gov. O'Malley and Members of SEIU at a recent early vote rally
Rep. Edwards speaks at a Women for Obama event to discuss the importance of the Affordable Care Act and the many benefits included that will improve the health of women across the country.
Congresswoman Edwards announces her 2012 re-election campaign with friends and supporters at her annual holiday party.
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Rep. Edwards speaks at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night hours before President Obama.
Rep. Edwards was included in a recent Afro American article: “Shutdown Devastation Major Capitol Hill Concern”.
“In the 113th Congress, Republicans choose continuously to ignore the challenges the House should be addressing, instead voting over 40 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Now, their insistence on dogmatic relitigation of the ACA is taking our country to the brink of a government shutdown,” said Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) in an e-mailed statement. “This is irresponsible, mean-spirited, and certain to cripple our economy, and hurt the women, children, and families who need access to affordable, quality health care.”
Rep. Edwards, Leader Pelosi, and several other House Democratic women launched a new economic agenda for women: “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds”.
From The Hill:
“When women succeed, America succeeds. This agenda is about the future of America’s families and the growth of America’s economy,” Pelosi told a crowd gathered outside the Capitol on a sweltering day in Washington. “It is about unleashing the power of our nation’s women and in doing so strengthening the middle class, the backbone of our democracy.”
Though unmentioned on Thursday, the push is also a not-so-veiled effort to distinguish Democrats from the majority Republicans when it comes to issues of gender.
Pelosi and the Democrats scored a political win last year when they attacked the Republicans for proposals limiting federal backing for women’s reproductive healthcare services. The latest campaign extends that fight to the economic realm.
Central to the effort is legislation sponsored by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) – the Paycheck Fairness Act – that would discourage pay discrimination by empowering workers to share more wage information and providing women with more tools to challenge gender-based wage discrepancies.
DeLauro said Thursday that the bill will go a long way to bring pay equity to the workplace.
“Fifty years after the Equal Pay Act, women are still being paid only 77 cents on the dollar as compared to men for the same job,” she said. “That comes to an average real difference of $11,000 per year. That is two years’ worth of groceries, or over a year of rent.”
A second element of the campaign revolves around the idea of allowing working women more flexibility in raising families. Toward that end, Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) is promoting an amendment to the the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) that would provide mandatory paid leave for women who take time away from work for activities like childbirth, child rearing and caring for family members with serious health problems. Under current law, only unpaid leave is offered in those situations.
“Today, we want to outline an economic agenda that says that we can actually build on FMLA,” Edwards said. “These women who are so deeply woven in the economic fabric of our country should also have the benefit of knowing that they would be able to take paid leave.”
The July 7 front-page article “Driving away hunger” highlighted the need to aggressively defend food programs for families and children. Through soup kitchens, free and reduced-price lunch programs and free snack and backpack programs, some children have reliable food resources. Tragically, many of the nation’s children are still hungry.
The version of the farm bill recently passed by the House threatens to exacerbate this tragedy by excluding, for the first time in 40 years, funding for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for millions of low-income individuals and families. Republicans severed agriculture from nutrition to garner even more support from their conference after failing previously to pass a bill with more than $20 billion in SNAP cuts. The passage of this bill deals a harmful blow to the more than 47 million Americans and more than 766,000 Marylanders who rely on SNAP benefits.
American families and children deserve programs that offer healthy, nutritional meals critical to development and learning. I urge Congress to pass legislation that supports nutrition programs for families and children.
Ranking Member of the Space Subcommittee, Donna F. Edwards (D-MD), introduced H.R. 2616, the NASA Authorization Act of 2013. H.R. 2616 reauthorizes the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for three years, beginning FY 2014 with an authorization level of $18.10 billion and increases at about 2 percent a year to a level of $18.87 billion by FY 2016. Full Committee Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) is an original cosponsor of the bill, along with Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL); Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR); Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA); Rep. Dan Maffei (D-NY); Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL); Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA); Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA); Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA); Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX); and Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL).
“NASA is critical to the Nation and its economic strength. This Authorization bill is a vitally important opportunity to set the policy direction and authorize the funding needed to ensure America’s global leadership in space” said Congresswoman Edwards. She added, “Unfortunately, in the past few years, NASA has been asked to do more despite being provided with fewer resources. This is intolerable as NASA is the Nation’s crown jewel for spurring innovation, highly-skilled and good paying jobs, and inspiring the next generation of scientists. This fiscally responsible bill puts NASA back on track to greatness and provides flexibility in how the agency is to implement engineering and scientific details.”
To read more about provisions the bill includes, please click here.
Rep. Edwards was once again a guest on ABC’s Sunday morning news program, “This Week with George Stephanopolous”. Rep. Edwards took part in a roundtable discussion on issues including recent Supreme Court decisions and immigration. Other guests on the panel included Peggy Noonan, Matthew Dowd, and Terry Moran.
To watch, please click here to watch the segment on the Supreme Court, and here to watch the segment about immigration reform.
Come cheer on Rep. Edwards and other women Members of Congress as they take on women of the press in the 5th Annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game. Proceeds from the game go to benefit the Young Survival Coalition.
Wednesday, June 26th
7:00pm start time.
Location: Watkins Recreation Center
For more information and to donate, please visit their website here.
On June 29th, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Watkins Regional Park (301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD, 20774), please join me and others as we celebrate and wish Congresswoman Edwards a happy 55th birthday.
I know the Congresswoman would be thrilled to see and hear from friends and supporters from across the 4th Congressional District.
Also, please send her a Happy Birthday wish by leaving a message in the comments section below.
Donna continues to fight everyday for the progressive values that we share and care so much about. From the beginning, she has been an outspoken advocate on behalf of healthcare reform, woman’s rights,transportation and infrastructure investments, and working families just to name a few. I am so grateful she is in the House of Representatives fighting for us. Let’s take this opportunity to share what her hard work means to us by leaving her a birthday message below and coming out to Watkins Regional Park on June 29th.
P.S. If you would be interested in volunteering to help at Watkins Regional Park on June 29th, please email Adrienne Christian at email@example.com. As we first started this journey back in 2008, it would be a pleasure to hear from and see you again over the next few weeks.
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