Senator Tavares Speaks Out Against Government Shutdown
Calls on Congress to focus on serving the needs of the American people

Washington D.C.State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) and State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) called on members of Congress to work together to avoid a government shutdown at a news conference today near Capitol Hill. Senator Tavares was a featured speaker at the press conference organized by Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) and its program Women Legislator’s Lobby (WiLL).  WiLL is a national nonpartisan network of women state legislators, who work together to influence federal policy and budget priorities.

“If we had more women at the table of power we would have more negotiations and compromise on a budget that serves the needs of the American people,” said Senator Tavares.  “Where there is a will (Women Legislator’s Lobby) there is a way.”

Women legislators and community leaders from more than 35 states gathered for the press conference this morning to urge Congress to get back to business doing the work of the people.  Senator Tavares serves as the board chairperson of the WAND Education Fund.

“Certainly our schools and local governments could benefit from some community investments and elected lawmakers getting back to the business of serving the people,” said Rep. Antonio, the Ohio State Director for WiLL. 

WAND is a national non profit organization dedicated to empowering women to act politically to reduce violence and militarism, and redirect excessive military resources toward unmet human and environmental needs.

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