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Bonamici Introduces Universal Affordable Child Care Resolution

July 28, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Emphasizing that Oregon is one of the most expensive states in the country for child care, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) introduced a resolution today calling for universal affordable child care.

Joined by mothers, fathers, child care providers, and members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Congresswoman Bonamici introduced the resolution recognizing the challenges  many working families face trying to afford child care and pay their bills. 

“As child care consumes a larger share of family income, we must do more to support our workers – a living wage, paid leave, and affordable child care will help our families succeed,”

Congresswoman Bonamici said. “These working parents should not have to choose between buying their groceries or paying for child care. And they should not have to worry about missing work if they can’t find care for their children.”

In Oregon, the cost of child care for an infant is the fourth highest in the country and the fifth highest for a child under the age of four. Similarly, a recent study finds that not only is child care expensive, in Oregon there are more children in need of care than there are slots available.

“Too often working parents struggle to find child care and to afford it, leaving them with few options,” Congresswoman Bonamici said. “I am proud to introduce this resolution that recognizes this problem. We need policies that give all Americans the opportunity to create a better life for their children. This resolution recognizes the importance of reliable, quality child care, and it recognizes that family-friendly policies are good for workers and for the economy.”