Inspirational Quotes from Jan Schakowsky

There is a lot that happens around the world we cannot control. We cannot stop earthquakes, we cannot prevent droughts, and we cannot prevent all conflict, but when we know where the hungry, the homeless and the sick exist, then we can help.

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In 1973, the Roe v. Wade decision concluded that women have a constitutionally protected right to safe and legal abortions. That landmark decision wasn’t the beginning of women having abortions; it was the end of women dying from abortions.

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Without health insurance, getting sick or injured could mean going bankrupt, going without needed care, or even dying needlessly.

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Immigration reform is for those thousands of people in my district and the millions of people across the country who want nothing more than to work hard, provide for their families, and reach for the American Dream.

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Since the birth of our Nation, no other right has been more important than having the ability to vote. Unfortunately, as history has shown, the denial of this right to minorities is a scar on our system of democracy.

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I’ve seen the impact of deportation in my district. It is heartbreaking to see families torn apart for no good reason.

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We can afford to pay workers fairly, and it is the right thing to do. We also need equal pay for equal work.

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We should not wait any longer to ensure that women get the pay they deserve. I will keep fighting for this until we achieve equality. I am very thankful for all those who are already advocating for equal pay, and I hope others will join me in this fight.

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Ensuring that our children have more and better opportunities is the essence of the American dream.

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Memorial Day is all about celebrating the lives of the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. The United States is made great because of their heroism. Their lives are remembered, honored, and celebrated by all of us, including the friends, family, and fellow service members who knew them best.

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We understand what President Trump means when he talks about taking the country back. He does not see America as a country of people from diverse backgrounds united around values of freedom and respect. In his ‘American carnage’ version of our country, immigrants and refugees are a threat.

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We have a choice: we can allow the growing disparity between rich and poor to continue unimpeded, or we can take action to budget responsibly and strengthen and expand the middle class. If we want this economy – and this country – to meet its full potential, the choice is simple.

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I was proud to witness American Jewish organizations found the Save Darfur Coalition in June 2004 to mobilize a coordinated interfaith response to the ongoing humanitarian disaster.

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Immigrants are integral to the strength of our nation. They deserve comprehensive reform that will provide a pathway to citizenship and ensure that families aren’t torn apart.

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Community health centers do a great deal with limited resources. They provide critical medical care services to many who would otherwise have no other place to go or would end up in an emergency room.

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From its onset, the labor movement has been at the forefront of the fight to improve working conditions and workplace safety. At the local level, knowing their union has their back gives workers the confidence and support they need to stand up and report harassment, poor working conditions, or workplace safety violations.

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As American Jews and descendants of immigrants, we never forget where our families came from or what members of our community experienced. Because we remember, we look out for those who are freeing persecution, oppression, and danger.

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President Obama’s executive actions on immigration are designed to temporarily address major flaws in our broken immigration system.

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There is no better way to improve wages and working conditions in our country than to support the right to unionize. Throughout our history, unions have improved the lives of millions of American families, grown the middle class, and pushed our economy forward.

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Ivanka Trump’s declared mission to ’empower women who work’ is a welcome element in the Trump administration. As a woman with a desk in the White House and the founder of an international corporation, she is certainly in a position to improve the wages, safety, and quality of life of working women around the world.

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I will continue to stand strongly with my fellow House Democrats, with immigration reform advocates and with millions of hard-working, law-abiding families who want simply to remain together and contribute to our great country.

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President Trump proclaimed ‘America First’ from the inauguration stage. As an American Jew and daughter of immigrants, that slogan makes me shiver.

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It is truly appalling for Senator Mark Kirk to equate the Obama Administration’s diplomacy with Nazi appeasement. As a Jewish-American, I am offended.

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Investing in women at home and abroad strengthens families, uplifts our children, improves health, makes communities and countries more peaceful, and brightens our collective future. Where women have equality, security, and the opportunity to live, work, and prosper, their families and societies are better off.

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Americans have a right to the security of their personal information, and the entities that hold personal information have a responsibility to protect it.

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The Republican ‘Work Harder for Less’ budget leaves more Americans even worse off than they are today. The ‘People’s Budget’ makes the critical investments needed to give the American people exactly what they deserve – economic security and peace of mind – and helps grow our economy from the middle out.

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More than 180 countries around the world have ratified CEDAW, some with reservations. While the United States signed the treaty in 1981, it is one of the few countries that have not yet ratified it. As a global leader for human rights and equality, I believe our country should adopt this resolution and ratify the CEDAW treaty.

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There is greater income inequality in the United States than in any other industrialized country. Yes, the debt is a problem that must be dealt with. To me, however, the disappearing middle class is even worse – bad for our economy and really bad for our democracy.

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In Illinois, community, migrant, homeless and public housing health centers operate 268 primary care sites and serve close to 1 million patients every year.

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For far too long, virtually every time Americans have been asked to make ‘tough choices,’ it has resulted in disproportionate harm for hardworking Americans and retirees.

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Higher wages for American workers are not just good for American families, they are good for our economy. I will keep fighting for a raise for hard working Americans so our families can afford housing, help their children get a quality education, and secure a good retirement.

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I am a fierce advocate for the economic empowerment of all women. In the Congress, I am one of the leaders of an initiative called ‘When Women Succeed, America Succeeds.’ It is an economic agenda for women aimed at making sure women have equal pay for equal work, paid sick leave, and affordable child care.

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Plan Colombia was supposed to reduce Colombia’s cultivation and distribution of drugs by 50 percent, but 6 years and $4.7 billion later, the drug control results are meager at best.

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Every American must be guaranteed dignity and independence in their retirement.

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With affordable health care, women can have economic security and the peace of mind that they will not become a financial burden on their families.

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All across this country, undocumented immigrants are living in fear of seeing their families torn apart because of our broken immigration system. Many of those immigrants are children who were brought here at a young age through no fault of their own.

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Well, I was a very strong opponent of the war, in fact, one of those who went door to door to my colleagues and thus achieved 60 percent of the Democrats voting no against this war.

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We need a vibrant Medicaid program and strategies to expand affordable access to health care for all, especially for the specialty care services that community health centers do not provide.

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Through educational programming, Jewish American History Month will help raise the awareness of a people, their history and contributions. It will help combat anti-Semitism, a phenomenon that is on the rise and that unfortunately still exists in our Nation.

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Three years into the war, tens of thousands of American troops remain targets of a growing Iraqi insurgency.

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The House Republican leadership has simply run out of ideas.

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Simply raising fuel economy standards for passenger cars and light trucks to 33 miles per gallon would eliminate our oil imports from the Persian Gulf.

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Rather than proposing a forward-looking energy initiative, House Republicans continue to push Big Oil’s tired old ideas, ideas that will do absolutely nothing to lower gas prices for the American consumer.

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Like other important immigrant communities, the Jewish experience in the United States represents the ideal of freedom and the promise and opportunity of America.

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Handcuffing the ability of states and localities to develop clean fuels in the cheapest possible way, using local resources, is not sound or sensible policy.

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Each and every day health centers provide high-quality primary and preventive care to our constituents.

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Because the Bush Administration will set no timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, both chambers of Congress acted to make sure our troops will not be left in Iraq indefinitely.

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As grateful as we are for all the work the community health centers do, it is also important that we recognize that they cannot solve the health care crisis facing our Nation by themselves.

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As a Jew I cannot sit idle while genocidal atrocities continue to unfold in Darfur, Sudan.

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As a first generation Jewish American, I have witnessed firsthand Jewish immigrants who have come to this Nation in order to create a better life for themselves, their families, and future generations.

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And we’ve also had now the speaker of the Parliament in Iraq using blatantly anti-Semitic remarks, saying the Jews and sons of Jews are the problem of all the violence that’s in Iraq.

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Americans firmly rejected Republican legislative efforts to repeal the ACA – only 17 percent supported it.

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