Many of my constituents tell me about the struggles they've faced when figuring out how to balance a career -- and a much-needed income -- with raising children. Or they talk about deciding whether it was financially worth it for them to return to work versus staying home with their kids.
There are now only 12 days left for Congress to reach an agreement to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff," yet Republicans are still insisting on a plan that will harm our economy and risks our ability to compete in the 21st century.
It has been a trying time for Americans since the recession began nearly two and a half years ago, and we still have a long way to go. Relief for middle class families is indispensable to our efforts to lay a new foundation for our future prosperity.
Poor and already vulnerable mothers and children are being hard hit by budget cuts to child care assistance, leaving working parents without child-care help, making them lose their jobs, and forcing them back onto welfare.