Obama said he was signing the bill this morning not only in honor of Ledbetter, “but in honor of those who came before her. Women like my grandmother who worked in a bank all her life, and even after she hit that glass ceiling, kept getting up and giving her best every day...The bad news...after House Republicans and President Obama himself pressured Democrats to remove aid to Medicaid family planning from the $819,000,000,000 (that's 819 billion) economic stimulus package and to stick in tax cuts - surprise! - not a single Republican voted for the bill. Not one. Some compromise. Some bipartisanship. Contact your senators to let them know that you want the family planning aid back in and the tax cuts out when the bill comes up in the Senate. The Republicans have shown themselves clearly unwilling to cooperate; there's no reason to give in to their demands.
“And I sign this bill for my daughters, and all those who will come after us,” Obama added, “because I want them to grow up in a nation that values their contributions, where there are no limits to their dreams and they have opportunities their mothers and grandmothers never could have imagined.”
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