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Indian American lawmakers pay glowing tributes to moms on Mother’s Day

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From left: Reps. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Raja Krishnamurthy (D-Wash.) and Ami Bera (D-Calif.).

Indian American lawmakers pay glowing tributes to moms on Mother’s Day

Indian American lawmakers celebrated Mother’s Day this past weekend by paying glowing tributes and deep gratitude to their mothers in a series of tweets.

“I come from a long line of strong women, and it makes me very proud. I wrote about my incredible grandmother, who played tennis in her sari, and my mother Maya, who travelled the world and is still writing for newspapers,” Washington Democrat Pramila Jayapal tweeted along with the photo of her mother and sister.

“Happy #MothersDay to all the moms and families out there, especially my mom and my wife Priya. I hope your family will have the chance to catch up today. I’m reminded of what my mom says whenever I tell her about Congress: ‘that’s great, when are you bringing the grandkids over?’” Raja Krishnamoorthi, a Democrat from Illinois, tweeted.

“This #MothersDay, we should remember that women still perform more uncompensated work outside their jobs, including childcare and housework, than men. This “second shift” decreases their labor force participation and already precarious economic power,” California Democrat Ro Khanna tweeted.

In another tweet, Khanna wrote, “Our moms deserve better than the Republican assault on their right to health care. Guaranteeing healthcare to every American must include guaranteeing birth control, abortion care, and comprehensive maternal health services.”

Fellow Californian and dean of the Indian American congressional delegation Ami Bera wished his wife a great mother’s day and tweeted, “Wishing my wonderful wife Janine and all mothers out there a Happy Mother’s Day!”

A day before, Bera attacked the Trump administration for not providing working parents paid family leave. “Instead of a card for this Mother’s Day, it’d be better if Congress made sure more working parents had access to paid family leave. No one should be placed in the impossible position of choosing to either care for a sick child or keeping their job,” he tweeted.

California’s junior Senator Kamala Harris paid tributes to her mother in a series of tweets. She wrote in one: “From her, I learned to ask questions, gather evidence, and test hypotheses. I learned that no idea is too precious to be rigorously examined. I learned how to fight for justice and live a life of conscience, and I think of her every day.”

“Like many of you, I’m spending today thinking about my mother. She was all of 5 feet, but she could move mountains, as she proved when she crossed an ocean at age 19 to study here,” she wrote in a following tweet.

“She and my father met while they were active in the civil rights movement. My sister Maya and I actually joke that we grew up surrounded by a bunch of adults marching and shouting for this thing called justice. We were raised on stories of the upheaval and activism of the 1960s,” Harris tweeted about how she was raised by parents who were active in the civil rights movement.

“There’s a photo I cherish of her and one of her best friends in life, my Auntie Lenore, standing in front of a sign that says, “Protest Birmingham atrocities. Write the president,” she tweeted along with the photo of her mother and aunt with the caption “Like many of you, I’m spending today thinking about my mother. She was all of 5 feet, but she could move mountains, as she proved when she crossed an ocean at age 19 to study here.”

 

 


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