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Michele Bachmann on Families & Children

Republican Representative (MN-6)


Leading advocate for foster and adopted children

Michele and Marcus have five children, Lucas, Harrison, Elisa, Caroline, and Sophia. In addition, the Bachmann family has opened their home to 23 foster children, which has inspired Michele to become one of Congress' leading advocates for foster and adopted children, earning her bipartisan praise for her efforts.
Source: Campaign website, michelebachmann.com, "About" , Dec 22, 2011

Foster care provider for girls with eating disorders

During the 90s, we began providing short-term foster care for girls with eating disorders. Marcus and I knew that this was the last stop for some of these girls before they finished school. We weren't trying to save the world; we were just trying to give consistent care and love to some kids in need of a new start. That is, to show them a home where the dad comes home from work each day and kisses the mom. This is what it looks like when husband and wife cherish each other.

The girls moved in with us and became part of our family. Most stayed with us for about 2 years; the shortest stay was a few weeks, the longest over 3 years. We had as many as four girls at once, so that's four plus our five biological kids, making a total of nine. Quite a crew!

Some of the foster kids asked if they could go to Christian schools, but state law required them to go to public school. I am proud to say that all of our foster kids graduated from high school.

Source: Core of Conviction, by Michele Bachmann, p.109-110 , Nov 21, 2011

Best results when family involved; worst with government

Q: [to Paul]: Your campaign put out a statement accusing Gov. Perry of trying to forcibly vaccinate 12-year-old girls against sexually transmitted diseases?

PAUL: Forcing 12-year-old girls to take an inoculation to prevent STDs, this is not good medicine & it's not good social policy.

BACHMANN: Well, what I'm very concerned about is the issue of parental rights. I think when it comes to dealing with children, it's the parents who need to make that decision. It is wrong for government, whether it's state or federal government, to impose on parents what they must do to inoculate their children. This is very serious, and I think that it's very important, again, that parents have the right. We have the best results when we have the private sector and when we have the family involved. We have the worst results when the federal government gets involved, and especially by dictate to impose something like an inoculation on an innocent 12-year-old girl. I would certainly oppose that.

Source: 2011 GOP debate in Simi Valley CA at the Reagan Library , Sep 7, 2011

Bible's "be submissive to husband" means mutual respect

Q: In 2006, when you were running for Congress, you described a moment in your life when your husband said you should study for a degree in tax law. You said you hated the idea. And then you explained, "But the Lord said, 'Be submissive. Wives, you are to be submissive to your husbands.'" As president, would you be submissive to your husband?

A: Marcus and I will be married for 33 years this September 10th. I'm in love with him. And what submission means to us, it means respect. I respect my husband. He's a wonderful, godly man, and a great father. And he respects me as his wife. That's how we operate our marriage. We respect each other. We love each other. And I've been so grateful that we've been able to build a home together. We have five wonderful children and 23 foster children. We've built a business together and a life together And I'm very proud of him.

Source: Iowa Straw Poll 2011 GOP debate in Ames Iowa , Aug 11, 2011

Raised 23 foster kids, with her own kids,as "treatment home"

Mrs. Bachmann has offered few details about her foster children, and for privacy reasons their names have never been made public. Over time, Mrs. Bachmann's husband has said, their home grew so full that they expanded their kitchen. In choosing to leave work, she said, "I finally realized my dream, which was to be mom of a big, happy family."

The Bachmanns were licensed by the state from 1992 to 2000 to handle up to three foster children at a time; the last child arrived in 1998. They began by offerin short-term care for girls with eating disorders who were treated through a program at the University of Minnesota, said the CEO of the private agency that handled the placements. He said the Bachmann home was "technically considered a treatment home," which offered a higher level of reimbursement. Critics point out that the couple had not "raised" the children, as Mrs. Bachmann has said. But, the CEO said, "From our agency's perspective, I thought they did a very nice job."

Source: Sheryl Gay Stolberg in New York Times , Jun 21, 2011

Mother of 5; foster parent of 23 children

I'm a former federal tax litigation attorney. I'm a businesswoman. We started our own successful company. I'm also a member of the US Congress. I'm a wife of 33 years. I've had five children, and we are the proud foster parents of 23 great children. And it's a thrill to be here tonight in the "Live Free or Die" state.

I just want to make an announcement here for you. I filed today my paperwork to seek the office of the presidency of the US today. And I'll very soon be making my formal announcement

Source: 2011 GOP primary debate in Manchester NH , Jun 13, 2011

Support traditional family life

My record of supporting traditional marriage, family life and children, including those yet born, is unambiguous. This will not change if elected to Congress.
Source: 2006 House campaign website, michelebachmann.com, “Issues” , Nov 7, 2006

Voted NO on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees.

Congressional Summary:Allows federal employees to substitute any available paid leave for any leave without pay available for either the: (1) birth of a child; or (2) placement of a child with the employee for either adoption or foster care. Makes available for any of the 12 weeks of leave an employee is entitled to for such purposes: (1) four administrative weeks of paid parental leave in connection with the birth or placement involved; and (2) any accumulated annual or sick leave.

Proponent's argument to vote Yes:

Rep. STEVE LYNCH (D, MA-9): This bill takes an important step toward improving the Federal Government's ability to recruit and retain a highly qualified workforce by providing paid parental leave to Federal and Congressional employees for the birth, adoption or placement of a child for foster care, which is a benefit that is extended to many in the private sector in other industrialized countries.

Opponent's argument to vote No:Rep. DARRELL ISSA (R, CA-49): This bill sends the wrong message at the wrong time to working American taxpayers and families that are struggling in difficult times. Our economy is in crisis, and deficits are already soaring. This bill does not have one provision to say if you make $170,000 a year, why do we have to give you this benefit, because you have to choose between feeding your children and being with your children? Certainly not. There are no protections against, in fact, those who do not need this special benefit getting it. There are no safeguards at all. As a matter of fact, this bill envisions the $1 billion over 5 years, swelling to $4 billion over 10 years or more because, in fact, they believe it should be 8 weeks of special leave. Federal employees enjoy one of the highest levels of job security, without a doubt, anywhere in the United States. I would venture to say many of them the highest. More importantly, in good times and bad, they keep their jobs.

Reference: Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act; Bill H.R.626 ; vote number 2009-H310 on Jun 4, 2009

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