When are women in this country going to be treated equally? An assault on women's health has been ongoing. Women's pay equity failed to get cloture last fall in the Senate after 48 years of loopholes being utilized by employers in shorting women and families out of their fair share of income.

This week, the Supreme Court ruled once again for big business against women in voting down allowing a class action sex-discrimination suit against Walmart. Last week our three Republican congressmen voted to reduce the WIC program (a food program for mothers and children) by $685 million, while preventing a $167 million cut in direct payments to farmers that include some of our nation's wealthiest.

Then there is health care. Medicaid, Planned Parenthood and health care reform all are being targeted by Republican congressmen as a means to balance the budget. These programs assist in providing women and mothers with a healthy life so that they may raise their children and be productive citizens. Where is there room left in the budget for a family health plan that starts at $500 a month for little coverage?

I ask Nebraska's Republican congressmen to tell me how they can justify giving farmers welfare who are making a substantial living and take away a woman's means of making a livable wage and providing food for her children.

Mary Herres, chair, Nebraska Democratic Women's Caucus

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