It was a late 1960s fight to stop a proposed highway from tearing up the historic Fells Point neighborhood in Baltimore that whetted Mikulski's political appetite.
She fought hard for passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, a bill to guarantee equal payment for women. And she championed Rosa’s Law, a citizen advocacy measure that banned the use of the term “mentally retarded.”
She has fought for access to higher education for every child because she believes ours is a nation where every young boy and girl should have the chance to reach his or her true potential. She has fought for secure pensions for seniors because she believes ours is a nation where, after a lifetime of work, every person should have the chance to enjoy their retirement. And she has fought for preventive screening and treatment for every woman because she believes ours is a nation where no one should lose a mother, daughter or wife from a preventable illness.
As Chairwoman of the Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Mikulski has led the charge to promote economic development, equip our first responders, and invest in science and research. Senator Mikulski understands the importance of the private sector, particularly small businesses, in creating job opportunities. That is why she has fought for legislation making it easier for businesses to make investments and hire new workers.
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