|00:00:00||RICHARDSON: ALL ACROSS AMERICA, AMERICANS NEED HELP.|
|00:00:03||THEY NEED HELP TO STAND, TO SIT, TO PUT ON THEIR SHOES, TO GO TO THE RESTROOM AND EVEN SOME TO TAKE THEIR LAST BREATH.|
|00:00:11||WHILE THERE ARE THOSE WHO ARE SITTING BY THE BED SIDE OF THOSE PEOPLE, WE CALL THEM IN-HOME HEALTH CARE WORKERS WHO OFTENTIMES IN THIS COUNTRY BARELY MAKE EVEN A MINIMUM WAGE THEMSELVES AND IF THEY NEEDED THE VERY CARE THEY WERE PROVIDING, THEY COULD PROBABLY NOT AFFORD IT.|
|00:00:28||AS THIS CONGRESS DECIDES AND LOOKS AT THE JOINT COMMITTEE'S DECISIONS AND PROPOSALS BEFORE US, LET'S NOT GO AGAINST THOSE WORKING PEOPLE, THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO DON'T EVEN HAVE ENOUGH TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR OWN FAMILIES.|
|00:00:43||THE DECISIONS CAN BE DONE BETTER, BUT THEY CERTAINLY SHOULD NOT BE ON THE BACKS OF WORKING PEOPLE AND THOSE WHO CARE FOR OUR AMERICANS.|
|00:00:52||WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.|
Ms. RICHARDSON. November is National Caregivers Month. All across America, there are thousands of Americans who need help. They need help to stand, to sit, to put on their shoes, to go to the rest room, and even some to take their last breath. And there are those who are sitting by the bedside of those people, we call them in-home health care workers, who oftentimes in this country barely make even a minimum wage themselves, and if they needed the very care that they were providing, they could probably not afford it.
As this Congress decides and looks at the joint committee's decisions and proposals before us, let's not go against those working people, thousands of people who don't even have enough to take care of their own families.
The decisions can be done better, but they certainly should not be on the [Page: H7835] backs of working people and those who care for our Americans.