Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Representing the 12th District of California

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Pelosi Remarks at Press Conference Introducing Comprehensive Child Care and Early Learning Bill to Ensure Working Families Have Access to Affordable, High-Quality Child Care

Sep 14, 2017
Press Release

Contact: Ashley Etienne/Henry Connelly, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi joined Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senator Patty Murray and Representative Bobby Scott to introduce comprehensive child care and early learning legislation that will ensure that every child has access to high-quality early learning and care that will not break the bank for their parents.  The Child Care for Working Families Act is a part of Democrats commitment to giving working families A Better Deal by building an economy that works for all, not just those at the top.  Below are the Leader’s remarks:

Leader Pelosi.  Let us acknowledge the greatness of the Senate Democratic Leader in his rehearsal for grandparent.

[Laughter]

Leader Schumer.  The wasn’t in her notes either.

[Laughter]

Leader Pelosi.  Thank you Mr. Leader [Chuck Schumer] for your leadership on this subject, as it’s part of our Better Deal.  Part of it is Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future.  And the Better Future part of it is about not only increasing income to families but lowering cost for them and equipping families with the tools for the future.  Lowering costs for America’s working families, as the Leader said, for the middle class and those who aspire to it is really a transformative step our country should have taken a long time ago and must take now.

That’s why I’m very grateful to our two lead sponsors for the legislation.  It was a good day for all of America’s children when Senator [Patty] Murray had to get in that car and drive 100 miles to speak for her own children and since she has come to the Congress – and even before – she has seen the needs for her children as the needs for all of America’s children.  Thank you for your leadership, Senator Murray!

[Ranking Member] Bobby Scott leads the Committee in the House on the Democratic side, that has always been committed to these issues.  Under the leadership of [Congressman] George Miller before him – it’s always been about the children!

It’s always been about the children.  We see a lot of monuments in Washington D.C. and when young people come here they see buildings and statues, I say to them, ‘we honor our past, we revere our founders, we thank them, but what we do here is about you.’  It’s about the future and this is about the future.  

Our colleagues have already said, Senator Casey and other speakers have already talked about provisions in the legislation and I just want to associate myself with some of them because this about lowering costs, it’s about quality – quality - affordable childcare.  I emphasize the quality piece of that because it recognizes the role of childcare in early education workers in that quality piece and, as was said, increases the wages and training of the workers.  So that is really an important part of this legislation in addition to its affordability, its quality.  

We view this as children learning, parents earning – this is the learning aspect of it and I’m so glad that Jessica Honzal from MomsRising is here because they have had they have had that theme and Ingrid Henlon is here.  They are our VIPs and we will hear from them and they will be introduced appropriately but I want to thank them for taking the time and telling their stories on how this is so important. 

So again it’s part of A Better Deal.  A Better Deal.   And what better deal could we have than one that is children-focused?  That strengthens family.  That improves the quality and affordability of child care.  As a grandmother of 9, I appreciate this.  

Because it’s not just about the care and thriving.  It’s about the vocabulary, the difference in vocabulary of children who have early childhood education and early child care and how it prepares them for the future.  

As I said, our special guest will be introduced and to introduce one of them, it is my privilege to bring to the podium a champion for America’s children, a champion for America’s working families, and she’s going to introduce a guest from Minnesota and there’s a reason for that.  Because she is, believe it or not, the senior Senator from Minnesota. A great leader in helping America’s children, Senator Amy Klobuchar.

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