America is not a melting pot. It is a sizzling cauldron.

— Barbara Mikulski

The most famous Barbara Mikulski quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening

Family responsibility, yes, and always. Family bankruptcy due to the cruel rules of government, no.

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Women would be disproportionately affected by the privatization of social security. It is one of the most important safety nets for American women in old age, or in times of disability, to insure financial income for their families.

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Each one of us can make a difference. Together we make change.

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We work on macro issues and macaroni and cheese issues.

When women are in the halls of power, our national debate reflects the needs and dreams of American families.

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We’re going to foment our own revolution.

So I say to the women out there in America, let’s keep this fight going! Put on your lipstick, square your shoulders, suit up, and let’s fight for a new American revolution where women are paid equal pay for equal work, and let’s end wage discrimination in this century once and for all!

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Politics is social work with power.

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There were times, though, when the women came together on a partisan basis.

[When we stopped] the privatization of Social Security during George Bush, we linked arms.

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You can't get more for less. You get what you pay for.

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A pregnant woman facing the most dire circumstances must be able to count on her doctor to do what is medically necessary to protect her from serious physical harm.

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In American Society today, we need to have volunteerism.

I truly believe that it is the glue that will hold us together and it will be the energy that will take us into the 21st century.

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Our seniors' retirement should never rely on the bull of political promises or the bear of the market.

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When one gets old and they are sick, there are not many things they can count on but they should be able to count on Social Security. Our seniors' retirement should never rely on the bull of political promises or the bear of the market.

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About Barbara Mikulski

Quotes 70 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Politician
Birthday October 16

When it comes to standing up for veterans, we cannot be the Republicans and Democrats, we have to be the red, white, and blue party.

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I think Paul Sarbanes and his wife Christine socialized with them [George and Heather Mitchell] more than I did, but we all hung out, or we saw each other in groups.

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What I like best in Baltimore is the people, the neighborhoods and what goes on in the neighborhoods. Each has its own stories, own diners and own quirks. It's about community. I also like everything Old Bay.

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I will fight in the United States Senate this year to fund a servicing mission to Hubble by 2008, a mission that would potentially increase Hubble's power and efficiency by a factor of 10 and allow us to look back almost to the beginning of the universe.

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I would say that in some ways George Mitchell is kind of an old fashioned guy, in terms of these basic values, but he was a very modern person, encouraging, he was not only accepting but he was actually encouraging.

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The family is not only a living arrangement. It has always been a symbol of survival.

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His great passion for education and [making sure] people have an opportunity.

Of course that's what came out of the George Mitchell Institute and his scholarships in those high schools.

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The world must know that America holds to the highest standards of military conduct and human rights protections. Anything less is unacceptable.

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In my state [ Maryland] we've lost jobs to NAFTA, we did not gain jobs from NAFTA. But I think it's very difficult when your state is right up against the northern border, you do see things differently.

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I wanted to [share] what a gracious kind of guy George Mitchell was.

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Martha Pope herself is a legend within the institution, and he was enormously supportive. And me and the women candidates.

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I held out my hand and George Mitchell said, "Like in everything else, you lead and I'll follow." And the crowd broke up, and we did a twirl or two around the dance floor. And that's like him, you know, he was there for his members, he campaigned for us, he believed in us, and he was really a good sport as well.

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Community colleges are one of America's great social inventions a gateway to the future for first time students looking for an affordable college education, and for mid-career students looking to get ahead in the workplace.

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Let us get on with creating the democratic and pluralistic society that we say we are.

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People had so much respect for George Mitchell.

They wanted to cooperate with him. I think that's a hallmark of a very good leader.

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I think the legacy was set because the way George Mitchell was the leader enabled Tom Daschle to be the leader he is. It carried on the spirit of integrity and of reform, of also working both with committee chairmen but bringing in the newer members to be able to have a voice and a say and participate in the deliberations, to always look at a modern way of doing it.

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I knew of Senator [George] Mitchell because he was very close friends with who was soon to be the senior senator, Paul Sarbanes. Paul Sarbanes and George Mitchell were kind of pals together.

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Do we want an Attorney General who will play politics with the law, play politics with the court and just play politics with international conventions designed to protect our troops? I do not want to play that kind of politics. I am going to vote against Alberto Gonzales.

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Nothing really happened - I was elected in '86 - until 1992, and that's when the Anita Hill debacle happened.

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Look how Bill Cohen and George Mitchell worked together.

It's the stuff of legends. And now it's the stuff of almost ancient history, regrettably, but the way those two really worked together.

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Nancy [Kassebaum] and I worked on a women's health agenda when I first came.

Women were not included in the protocols at NIH, the famous study, 'take an aspirin a day, keep the doctor, you know, a heart attack away.' It was done on ten thousand male medical students.

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I would say George Mitchell was like Clark Kent sometimes with his horn rimmed glasses and his very quiet manner. People say, well, he's just a quiet leader, but then he emerges as super hero and begins to move this legislation. He led by example.

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I'm so proud of Maryland's firefighters, risking their lives to protect others, but we need to protect our protectors with the best equipment training and resources.

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People aren't for hitting.

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America must continue diplomacy, even as we continue the war, to expand the coalition of the willing to share the burden of war and to share the responsibility and the economic cost of rebuilding Iraq.

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Every vote counts and every vote must be counted.

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George [Mitchell] introduced the idea that we'd go on a retreat [and] to really regularize caucuses. He's the one who had I think [Tom] Daschle become the Democratic Policy Committee chairman, so I think it lived through with Tom.

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I would like to be the first ambassador to the United States from the United States.

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One hundred thousand dollars was the bridge that enabled me to go on TV, not miss a beat or miss an opportunity, and raise then my own money to carry me forth. And that's how I got to be the first Democratic woman in the United States Senate's history.

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College is part of the American dream. It shouldn't be part of a financial nightmare for families.

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Leadership is creating a state of mind in others.

The difference between being a leader and manager, all due respect to managers, is that leaders have to create states of mind. But a leader, first of all, has to have a clear state of mind, which is usually her own vision, which energizes her, motivates others, and then creates that state of mind in others.

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The American system of democracy is founded on the concept that every citizen has the right to vote, to know that their vote is counted, and that the vote is counted accurately.

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In my very first term there was an issue that brought us [George Mitchell, Ted Kennedy, Chris Dodd] together in a very deep, emotional, and personal level.It was called 'spousal impoverishment' and it meant that for one person [to go into] a nursing home, the family [ ], could go near bankruptcy, and then they'd end up with a lien on the family farm or the home. And so I wanted to change that.

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I think leadership is creating a state of mind in others.

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I thought in this country, the best social program was a job.

Yet minimum wage jobs aren't paying enough to keep families out of poverty.

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George Mitchell was a very good leader, and we were more than satisfied with his leadership. And I know the guys were jealous.

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When you're up in Maine, there is Canada, I mean it's looking right at you;

it's a different viewpoint.

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