“A ONCE IN A GENERATION INVESTMENT IN AMERICA”
Permanent care investments are essential for our nation’s economic recovery and future infrastructure.
Lisa Guide, co-founder of the Women Effect Action Fund (WEAF), released the following statement in response to President Biden announcing details of his economic recovery plan:
“Today President Biden outlined his vision for the next age of American prosperity – and squarely in the middle of that vision are investments in the caregiving economy. The President recognized that investing in our nation’s families and home care workers is as essential to our nation’s infrastructure as our roads and bridges. Caregiving policies, such as paid leave, child care, home- and community-based care, and investments in rebuilding child care centers are critical to recover from this historic pandemic and to build our economy back better.
“Today’s announcement outlined a historic jobs program, and Americans are looking forward to the details of the American Families Plan, which President Biden said will address critical issues such as paid leave and child care quality and affordability.
“We know that policies such as paid leave, child care and long-term care are broadly popular across the political spectrum and across the country. And we know that such policies can help America prosper, especially by opening new opportunities for women and by investing in the potential of our children. Any program to invest in our economic future that does not make progress on these priorities is a missed opportunity.
“We applaud Congress and the Biden/Harris Administration for addressing many of the immediate challenges Americans are facing with the historic American Rescue Plan. Covid-19 laid bare what we’ve known for a long time: our current care infrastructure is built on a house of cards. The American Jobs Plan and the soon to come American Families Plan are acting on what we’ve learned in this pandemic by investing in children and families so that they — and the American economy — can thrive and prosper.”