Smith in Budget Hearing Calls Out Democrat Policies that Sidelined Working Women and Reckless Spending that Sparked Record Inflation
- Working mothers represent 27 percent of Americans who left the workforce during the pandemic and were uniquely impacted by Democrat-led policies such as shutting down schools and businesses.
- The Democrats’ $2 trillion so-called American Rescue Plan – of which less than 9 percent went to combatting COVID-19 – has sparked a 40-year high spike in prices that is undermining paychecks and family budgets.
- The Congressional Budget Office has found that the Democrats’ government mandated child care proposal would raise costs for those middle-class families whose care is not subsidized.
- Working mothers would face a choice: work less to qualify for subsidized care or pay more out of pocket.
“…Let’s be clear: under President Trump, earnings for women grew substantially and more so than earnings for men. Under President Biden, wage growth for women has declined and declined more so than for men. The data does not lie. It tells a clear story about how damaging lockdown policies and a Washington-knows-best spending agenda have been and will be for women. To help women thrive in a post-pandemic economy, Washington needs to stop with the permanent pandemic narrative, stop undermining wages with inflationary-spending, and stop telling Americans – particularly women – how to raise their kids.” - House Budget Committee Republican Leader Jason Smith Click here or on the image to view House Budget Committee Republican Leader Smith’s full opening statement.Carrie Lukas, President of the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) and working mother of five, was the only witness to testify in-person. Her testimony shined an important spotlight on how Democrat policies that virtualized school and kept children out of classrooms and mothers out of the workforce has negatively impacted women across the country. Lukas pointed out that women have yet to fully recover from the lockdown policies of the pandemic, and women in Democrat-led states are even further behind: “The economic losses have not been uniform throughout the country: Rather they have been most profound in states that most aggressively shut down schools and locked down their economies. In these states – disproportionately led by Democratic governors and state legislatures – women are still suffering the worst economic effects and have the highest rates of unemployment. Reduced earnings and lower labor force participation will lead to lower earnings for women not just today but for years to come.” - Carrie Lukas, President of Independent Women’s Forum Click here or on the image below for Carrie Lukas’ opening statement. House Budget Committee Republican Leader Smith also asked all witnesses about the impact inflation has had on their families, as a result of the Democrats’ spending agenda. IWF President Lukas was the only one to respond and noted that inflation is undercutting wages and devastating working mothers when they visit the grocery store or buy supplies for their children. Watch the exchange. Watch the full hearing.