Republican Lawmakers Used To Support Investing In Childcare… Until Biden Proposed It

Republican lawmakers used to advocate for increasing the accessibility of child care. But when faced with the opportunity to make good on their rhetoric with an investment to expand high-quality child care access through the American Families Plan, Republicans are characterizing it as “unnecessary and harmful to the economy.”

Senator Marsha Blackburn even likened it to the Soviet Union!

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But Republicans have a long history of calling for investments in child care in the past. Take a look:

Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

  • One of the things that is most troubling as a mom in the workforce is finding child care and being certain that your children are safe and well cared for and not feeling like they are going to miss out on things because you put yourself on the guilt bus… It was so very difficult. It’s one of the things I struggled with as my children were growing up,” [CNN, 1/1/17]

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

  • “As the father of three daughters, I understand the importance of child care and educational programs designed to help Kentucky children and their families.” [Press Release, 3/13/14]

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)

  • “Child care is not only important to the developmental health of children, but also to the well-being of their parents. When parents know that their children have a place to go where they will be safe and where they will learn, then the parents have more opportunity to earn a living to support their family… a parent’s salary could be almost completely offset by the cost of child care, and this burden is particularly heavy for low-income families. [Press Release, 3/13/14]

Representative Ashley Hinson (R-IA-01) 

  • “As a working Mom, I know that access to affordable child care that parents can trust is important and a huge barrier to people entering the workforce, especially in rural communities… Over the past year, working mothers have been shoved out of the workforce at an alarming rate—we cannot allow this to be a permanent consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.” [The Hill, 3/22/21]

Representative Jackie Walorski (R-IN-02) 

  • Millions of Americans want to return to work, and in order to do so they must be able to rely on child care providers to keep their children safe and healthy throughout the work day… I hope we can work together to find ways to support and strengthen child care for working families.” [Press Release, 6/4/20]

Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA-05)

  • “Our children deserve safe, developmentally appropriate learning experiences and care, and I know that these essential early years are the most impactful. Compassionate child care offers a meaningful source of stability for today’s hardworking families, which is of great value in Washington State. Without a doubt, early learning helps shape a child’s development, which sets them on a path for future success.” [Children’s Alliance, 3/24/14]

Governor Doug Bergum (R-ND)

  • “North Dakota’s most valuable resource is our children, and their working parents are the foundation of our economy… available and quality child care is vital to children and their working parents, and has a direct impact on the economy of our state.” [First Five Years Fund, 2/20/19]

Governor Doug Ducey (R-AZ)

  • Too many working parents must choose between a steady paycheck and caring for their kids. That’s unacceptable…  Helping families stay safe and strong is the right thing to do and will benefit our entire state.” [Press Release, 1/16/19]

Governor Kim Reynolds (R-IA)

  • “I know how tough it is to make ends meet, while also raising a family. My husband and I lived it for many years of our life. That’s why I support programs that help Iowa’s parents who need childcare assistance, receive it.” [Children’s Policy Coalition, 8/6/18]
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