As a working mom, I’ve always been a big fan of “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day,” and I couldn’t wait to meet everyone’s families at the DNC headquarters this year!
I have twins, Rebecca and Jake, who are about to head into high school and my baby girl, Shelby, is nine years old. With them in mind, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about and advocating for policies that will help provide families the opportunity to succeed both at work and at home.
This is personal for me.
I’ve missed birthdays for votes and votes for birthdays. I’ve reviewed homework by fax and now thankfully, on my iPad. I’ve come up with ideas for legislation while grocery shopping and on the soccer fields. And I’ve had some pretty surreal conversations with the leaders of our country while cheering on my kids from the sidelines of many, many games.
That’s why I was thrilled to be asked to join President Obama’s team as DNC Chair and why I’m so proud to work with President Obama to make America’s children and working families a priority. Since taking office, President Obama and his administration has:
- Cut taxes for 95% of working families, who received up to $800 for a couple in 2009 and 2010.
- Cut payroll taxes for 160 million workers, saving a typical family earning $50,000 a year $1,000 in 2011 and 2012.
- Provided as much as $10,000 over four years to help working families put a child through college.
- As a result of the Affordable Care Act, starting in 2014, about 18 million individuals and families will get tax credits for health insurance coverage. Young adults will be able to stay on their parents' health care plan until age 26 and over the next ten years, working families will receive nearly $700 billion in tax credits to help them pay for health insurance.
And much more. In fact, federal income taxes on middle-income families are now at nearly their lowest level as a share of income since the Eisenhower Administration.
President Obama has invested in America’s working families from day one.
But he can’t do it alone. We need to elect more good people at all levels of government who share common values and can both understand and empathize with the needs of working families.
Working families want the American Dream. They want an America that works for everyone and they have the right to expect nothing less.