As families across the U.S. celebrate Mother’s Day, millions of low-income Americans are struggling to pay their bills, make rent, and put food on the table.
Now, House Republicans are trying to pass budget cuts and work requirements for SNAP, Medicaid and other federal programs, making it even harder for low-income families to make ends meet.
When it comes to policy decisions that affect low-income families, Congress should listen to those most affected: low-income Black moms, who disproportionately bear the brunt of unemployment, wage gaps and unpaid childcare and domestic labor. While there are some local programs to help moms, such as The Bridge Project in New York City—which is accepting applications to its guaranteed income program for first-time pregnant people in Brooklyn and Staten Island through May 19—the national need must be met at the federal level. Moms are the experts in how federal policies affect their families, and this Mother’s Day, Ms. is continuing our work to uplift their voices and learn from their expertise…
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