CBS: Progressive lawmakers push child care plans ahead of President Biden's proposal
Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts on Tuesday unveiled a $700 billion plan to help families get affordable, quality child care in the United States. Her proposal comes as the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the persistent challenges families face finding and paying for care.
Warren's Universal Child Care and Early Learning Act, which is being reintroduced in the House by Congressman Mondaire Jones of New York, is one of several child care proposals from lawmakers putting pressure on President Biden as he prepares to release his own, part of the the American Families Plan, in his first address to Congress on Wednesday. Senator Patty Murray of Washington and Congressman Bobby Scott of Virginia also released legislation last week.
The effort would "fix our broken child care system and ensure that women and families are not left behind in our recovery. Our legislation would guarantee all parents affordable access to safe and nurturing child care and early learning opportunities for their kids," Warren said in a statement first provided to CBS News. "Expanding quality child care would create jobs, increase productivity, and have lifelong benefits for children's development and growth."
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By: Sarah Ewall-Wice
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