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 Act
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.
H.R.1830, Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act of 2013
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.
As always, I'm eager to hear your thoughts and hope you will stay in touch with me.
4th District of Utah