Rep. Edwards Hosts Forum on Women’s Economic Agenda With Sen. Mikulski and Leader Pelosi

Rep. Edwards hosted a forum on “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families” with Sen. Mikulski and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.  Three women from Maryland also shared their stories about why paid sick leave, affordable child care, and health insurance are so important for women.

To watch the forum on C-SPAN, please click here.

Rep. Edwards Guest on CNN’s “State of the Union”

Rep. Edwards took part in the panel discussion recently on CNN’s “State of the Union” to discuss the federal government shutdown.

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Afro American: Shutdown Devastation Major Capitol Hill Concern

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.”

To read the entire article, please click here.

Rep. Edwards and Essence Host Financial Success Forum at 2013 ALC

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Rep. Edwards a Guest on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos”

Rep. Edwards took part in a round table discussion on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos”.  The other panelists included Rep. Justin Amash, Cokie Roberts, Matthew Dowd, and Paul Gigot.

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Rep. Edwards Appears on NBC’s “Meet the Press”

On Sunday, August 18, Rep. Edwards was a guest on NBC’s “Meet The Press”, televisions longest running program.  Below is a clip from the show.

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Rep. Edwards, Leader Pelosi and Other House Democratic Women Launch New Economic Agenda for Women

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.”

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Rep. Edwards’ Letter-to-the-Editor Published in The Washington Post

Letter to the Editor

Published July 12, 2013

Helping hungry families

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 Edwards Introduces NASA Reauthorization

From SpaceRef.Com:

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 Guest on “This Week with George Stephanopolous”

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.