Child care is an essential part of our economic infrastructure and an investment in our future. Yet parents and caregivers face an untenable set of demands. Women are being forced out of the workforce, families are struggling to pay for child care, and the pandemic has pushed providers to the brink of permanent closure. It’s time to provide working families with the solutions they need, and adequately compensate child care workers for the complex and demanding jobs they perform.
After speaking with parents and child care providers in Oregon about the need for more affordable child care, Congresswoman Bonamici advocated directly to President Biden for the American Rescue Plan to invest in child care. She helped secure $39 billion for child care, including $404 million for Oregon. This historic investment will go a long way to help families, educators, and providers. But child care is only one part of the caregiving work that has gone unrecognized for too long. As we move toward economic recovery, Congresswoman Bonamici will continue to call for investments in caregiving, because caregiving is part of the infrastructure that underpins our economy.
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici and national expert Dr. Myra Jones-Taylor of ZERO TO THREE recently discussed the challenges facing parents and caregivers of young children during the pandemic and how federal policy can make a difference. Dr. Jones-Taylor is an expert in the field of early childhood education and a passionate and effective advocate for babies, toddlers, and their families. This conversation is a great resource for parents and advocates.
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The Congresswoman’s full report on the Child Care Crisis is available here.
More information about the Congresswoman’s Oregon Child Care Advisory Board is available here.
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Reps. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) and Peter Meijer (R-Mich.) introduced a bill that would repeal a tax break for business meals implemented by the Trump administration. The bill would redirect the money—which amounts to more than $5 billion over two years, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation—to the Child Care and Development Fund. The fund awards grants to state programs to help low-income families find childcare for work-related reasons.
The child care crisis is being felt around the country, leading legislators to take action. On March 16, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici reintroduced the Child Care Is Infrastructure Act, which would establish loan and grant programs for child care facilities and early-childhood educators.
"The full 'three martini lunch deduction' is not the most effective use of taxpayer dollars, and it's time we repurpose these funds," said Representative Peter Meijer, a Republican from Michigan who co-sponsored the bill with Representative Suzanne Bonamici, a Democrat from Oregon, in a statement. The full business meal deduction will result in $5 billion in foregone tax revenue in 2022 and 2023, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation.
At the same time in Congress, Oregon Democrats Sen. Ron Wyden and Reps. Suzanne Bonamici and Earl Blumenauer are touting plans to make huge investments in ramping up support for child care nationwide. The congressional members said at a press conference Friday outside a Portland child care center that they’re working with the Biden Administration to expand the supply of child care while also increasing the earnings of the historically low-paid provider workforce.