The Republican party has made two things very clear in the last few months — motherhood is a noble endeavor and real work, and that they will cut off pretty much any bill, organization or effort that will help women avoid being mothers in the first place.
So, now it’s time for them to put their money where their mouths are, literally. It’s time for them to let mothers stay home with their children.
Congressional Democrats are putting Republicans to the test with their new “WORK (Women’s Option to Raise Kids) Act,” a bill that would allow women to count raising children under the age of three as “working” under the rules applied to allow her to continue to receive government assistance, according to the Huffington Post. “Mitt Romney was for forcing mothers into the workforce before he decided that ‘all moms are working moms,’ bill sponsor Democrat Pete Stark of California told the publication. “I think we should take Mr. Romney at his most recent word and change our federal laws to recognize the importance and legitimacy of raising young children. That’s why I’m introducing the WORK Act to provide low-income parents the option of staying home to raise young children without fear of being pushed into poverty.”
It’s a win/win for Democrats. If Republicans vote for the bill, women will get extra assistance in caring for their children. If they vote against it, they’ll prove once again that anything they say about supporting women with children ends the moment the child is born. If they vote for it, they disappoint their “cut welfare” Tea Party supporters. If they vote against it, they anger women.
With choices like that, you can assume the GOP will be juggling priorities. But at least then they may understand for a second what it is like to be a mom working outside the home.
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