Our shared fight for equality is far from over when it comes to women's rights. Under an administration that has constantly attacked reproductive rights and workplace protections, it's more important than ever that we pass critical legislation to protect women's rights.
Jeanette Acosta Invest in Women's Health Act
I first introduced this bill in the 116th Congress and have since reintroduced it in 2021 with Senator Patty Murray in honor of women's health advocate and native of our district, Jeannette Acosta. Acosta lost her battle with cervical cancer when she was just 32-years old, but spent her career fighting hard to ensure women's health services are accessible to all socioeconomic backgrounds. This bill would expand access to preventive, lifesaving women's health screenings through new grant and pilot programs at community care centers, especially in low-income neighborhoods.
Paycheck Fairness Act
This bill eliminates loopholes in the Equal Pay Act to close the disastrous pay gap for women, especially women of color. I was an original cosponsor of and voted to pass this legislation in the 116th and 117th sessions of Congress.
Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
I've been an original cosponsor of and voted to pass this bill in the 116th and117th sessions of Congress. The legislation makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against or refuse to provide reasonable accommodations for employees or job applicants who are pregnant or dealing with related medical conditions.
I am a cosponsor of the Reproductive Rights are Human Rights Act, which reverses the Trump administration's harmful decision to eliminate reproductive rights from the U.S. State Department's annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. I'm also a cosponsor of the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act, which would eliminate the Hyde Amendment and ensure those enrolled in Medicaid and similar federal programs have insurance coverage for abortions. I am a cosponsor of the Women's Health Protection Act, which would codify the right to abortion affirmed by the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision.
Additional Supported Legislation
Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act
Smithsonian Women's History Museum Act
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act