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The days of Congress devaluing child care need to end

As the beltway focuses on minute-by-minute negotiations, proposals and counter-proposals on President Biden’s jobs plans, it is important not to lose sight of the long-term challenges that American families have faced.

Nearly 50 years ago, then-Sen. Walter Mondale co-sponsored a piece of legislation to create universal, federally subsidized child care. Legislators recognized the explosive period of growth in young children, the need for parents and families to have affordable child care choices to participate in the workforce, and that a strategic investment for children and families would impact the economy. The bill passed Congress with broad bipartisan support, but President Nixon vetoed the bill, leaving the child care crisis we have today.

The above excerpt was originally published in The Hill. Please click here to view the full article.