I'm honored that the White House called twice this year inviting me to join the President in DC. In April, I met President Obama in the White House moments before he signed an Executive Order on Equal Pay. Then, on June 23rd, I participated in the White House Summit on Working Families, where the President spoke about Rhode Island leading the way on paid family leave, a law I championed and won as a newly elected state senator.
"These problems are not typically the result of poor planning or too little diligence on the parts of moms or dads, and they cannot just be fixed by working harder or being an even better parent. All too often, they are the results of outdated policies and old ways of thinking. Family leave, childcare, workplace flexibility, a decent wage - these are not frills, they are basic needs. They shouldn't be bonuses. They should be part of our bottom line as a society. That's what we are striving for.......So we’re seeing businesses set a good examples. We’ve got states who are setting a good example. California, Rhode Island, and New Jersey all gave workers paid family leave." - President Barack Obama at the White House Summit on Working Families, June 23, 2014.