Rep. Noem: "The Republican Agenda Is Indeed Pro-Women"

June 22, 2011 11:41 am ET

From a June 21, 2011, speech on the floor of the House of Representatives:

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REP. KRISTI NOEM (R-SD): I didn't run because I was a woman, and I didn't expect people to vote for me because I was a woman. That had never, ever even entered into my thought process, as the person I was running against was also a woman. I worked to earn each vote, talking about what was important in this country and talking to folks about our life experiences and my position on the issues. That's what I knew mattered to South Dakotans, and that's what mattered to me. Mr. Speaker, my agenda and the Republican agenda is indeed pro-women. It is pro-woman because it is pro-small business, pro-job creator, pro-family, pro-economic growth. You see, just as my dad taught me years ago, women in my home state of South Dakota and all across this country, we care about the same things that men do. They're worried about the security of their jobs, they're worried about their children's future, and they're worried about finding a job if they need one. We're worried about the excessive spending that this country is engaging in and the overwhelming debt that we're continuing to accumulate and that we're going to leave to our children and our grandchildren. We're worried about what new government regulation is going to come in and hinder our businesses and what's around the corner that's going to try to control our portion of our lives or hurt our small businesses on the street corner. Mr. Speaker, our Republican conference has rolled out a jobs plan. It's pro-woman and it's pro-man because it does exactly what we need to get our economy back on track.