May 7, 2010 - Issue: Vol. 156, No. 68 — Daily Edition111th Congress (2009 - 2010) - 2nd Session
CELEBRATING MOTHERS AND MOTHER'S DAY; Congressional Record Vol. 156, No. 68
(Extensions of Remarks - May 07, 2010)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E793] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] CELEBRATING MOTHERS AND MOTHER'S DAY ______ speech of HON. SHEILA JACKSON LEE of texas in the house of representatives Wednesday, May 5, 2010 Ms. JACKSON LEE of Texas. Madam Speaker, I rise today in strong support of H. Res. 1295, ``Celebrating the role of mothers in the United States and supporting the goals and ideals of Mother's Day.'' First and foremost I would like to thank my distinguished colleague from Nebraska, Representative Jeff Fortenberry, for introducing this bill. It is vital we recognize that mothers have made immeasurable contributions toward building strong families, thriving communities, and ultimately a strong nation. The services rendered to the children of the United States by their mothers have strengthened and inspired the Nation throughout its history. Today I stand before my colleagues honoring the 102d anniversary since the first official Mother's Day. As a mother of two children myself, I understand the hardships and difficulties that so many mothers face every day in our country. We honor ourselves and mothers in the United States when we revere and emphasize the importance of the role of the home and family as the true foundation of the Nation. I want to pay tribute to my mother Ivalita Jackson who has stood the test of time in rearing and raising her children. I would also like to take this time to honor my aunt Valerie Bennett for her constant love and support. To the mothers of Houston, too many to name here, I salute you for your dedication to raising and saving your children. Today, thousands of mothers in this country have become active and effective participants in public life and public service, promoting change and improving the quality of life for men, women, and children throughout the Nation. Mothers continue to rise to the challenge of raising their families with love, understanding, and compassion, while overcoming the challenges of modern society; Mothers throughout our country juggle between work, family and the household, all with a smile on their faces. On May 9, 2010, we will honor mothers, grandmothers, mothers-in-law, stepmothers, foster mothers and godmothers who take in children, mothers who adopt, those who act as mothers, for those women who have no relations by blood but who give the gift of mothering to children. I want to congratulate and praise all of the mothers in America for all of their hard work. Mothers have a huge influence on our everyday lives; we owe all of our success to them. As former President George Washington put it best ``My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual, and physical education I received from her.'' We can never thank our mothers enough for all the sacrifices they have made for us. I wish all families a very happy Mother's Day this Sunday. ____________________