In the last several decades, the single greatest change in our workforce has been the addition of women. Many of our labor laws were written in the 1930s – at a time when very few women worked. Today, women comprise nearly half of our total labor force – and more than half of working women are the primary income earners in their families. Women manage 83% of the household income, they start 2 out of every 3 new businesses, and they represent the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. economy. Our workforce has changed; our laws should change, too.
That’s why House Republicans are championing several bills to empower all Americans – men and women – both at work and at home. Polls repeatedly show that Americans – particularly women – want the government to focus on creating jobs and building a healthy economy. Women are worried about paying their bills, affording costs at home, and securing their futures. Our legislation will help people thrive at work and support their families at home. We do that by giving women more freedom, choice and control – not by increasing the size and scope of one-size-fits-all government programs.
Our bills help women take home more of their paychecks with lower taxes and cheaper prices; increase workplace flexibility; modernize job training programs; and address discrimination in the workplace – all of which will empower millions of women across the country.
Increasing Take-Home Pay – passed the Child Tax Credit Improvement Act (sponsored by Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-KS); passed the Student and Family Tax Simplification Act (sponsored by Rep. Diane Black, R-TN); introduced the Empowering Americans to Work Act (sponsored by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-WA), which would amend the tax code to provide a deduction relating to the second income earner; introduced the Families First Act (sponsored by Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-WV), which would index the dependent care credit and income to inflation;
Advancing Work & Opportunity – reauthorizing the Child Care Development Block Grant Reauthorization;
Stopping Discrimination in the Workplace – preventing retaliation in the workplace for compensation discussions (sponsored by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-WA);
Ensuring Our Students’ Educational Futures – passed the Success and Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Act (sponsored by Rep. John Kline, R-MN);
Expanding Home Health Services – H.R. 5110, the Save Medicare Home Health Act of 2014 (sponsored by Rep. Greg Walden, R-OR) was introduced to protect against the 14% cut to the Home Health Program.