NEW YORK TIMES FULL PAGE AD: 50+ ADVOCACY GROUPS SAY IT’S TIME TO INVEST IN CARE INFRASTRUCTURE

NEW YORK TIMES FULL PAGE AD: 50+ ADVOCACY GROUPS SAY IT’S TIME TO INVEST IN CARE INFRASTRUCTURE

50 Groups Sign Letter Saying Congress Must Go Big and Invest in A Care Infrastructure That Includes Affordable Child Care, Long Term Care, and Elder Care; Millions of Good-Paying Jobs for Care Providers; and Paid Family and Medical Leave

The Letter Comes As Congress Considers The $400 Billion To Boost Care Infrastructure In President Biden’s American Jobs Plan, and As the White House Is On The Cusp Of Releasing Even More Investments In The American Families Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, a full page ad placed by Invest in America and the #CareCantWait coalition ran in the New York Times featuring a letter signed by more than 50 advocacy groups urging President Biden and Congress to go big on care infrastructure investments.

The letter is part of a #CareCantWait Week of Action during which leading care advocacy groups will partner with lawmakers, activists, care providers, and business leaders to urge Congress to prioritize investing in a care infrastructure as part of the next legislative package. That means investing in affordable child care, elder care, and long term care for people with disabilities; investing in a care workforce to create millions of good-paying care jobs; and creating an inclusive paid family and medical leave program. Together, these policies create a care infrastructure that keeps the American economy running.

Read the full letter and view its signatories here.

It’s Time For Big Public Investment In A Care Infrastructure That Works For Everyone 

“It’s time for the Biden administration and Congress to deliver for women by investing in a family-friendly care infrastructure that works for the millions of people who need care and support, those who have had to leave the workforce to become unpaid caregivers, and for the paid caregivers who have been historically undervalued.

The cracks in our care infrastructure have existed for decades, but the pandemic brought them to the forefront. We lost generations of economic gains for women when the need to care for children and loved ones forced them out of the workforce. More than 2.3 million women left the labor force in 2020, more than 600,000 of whom were Black and 618,000 of whom were Latina.

At the same time, the workforce that provides care — most of whom are women, and up to 31% of whom are Black women — was on the front lines of the pandemic without adequate pay or support, and nearly one in six child care jobs that have been lost during the pandemic have not returned. These are the people we rely on to care for us from birth to the end of our lives, yet even before the pandemic, their wages were often not enough to care for their own families.

We now have the historic opportunity — and responsibility — to prioritize building an equitable, durable, family-friendly care infrastructure as a core part of rebuilding our economy. That means investing in affordable, high-quality child care and long term support and services for aging adults and and people with disabilities so that millions of unpaid family caregivers can return to their careers; creating millions of new care jobs and investing in those jobs to ensure care workers are paid family-sustaining wages, provided benefits, and a choice to join a union; creating an effective, inclusive paid family and medical leave program to allow all people to take care of themselves and loved ones in need; and updating our tax code to center women and communities of color, including permanently expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit. For undocumented care workers, it also means providing a pathway to citizenship to ensure that they have protections and a real shot at economic security and opportunity. 

Making overdue public investments in our care infrastructure isn’t just good for women, it’s a critical part of the country’s economic recovery. Robust investment in the care sector would create millions of new jobs for the women hit hardest by this crisis, generate hundreds of billions in new economic activity, and allow millions of women who have been pushed out of the labor force to return to their own careers.

As Congress prepares to make landmark investments in physical infrastructure and digital infrastructure, they must recognize that care is also a vital part of our nation’s infrastructure, and the engine that keeps our economy going. 

Now is the time to make bold public investments in our care infrastructure to build an equitable economic recovery that works for everyone.” 

About Invest in America

Invest In America is a national rapid response operation advocating for robust public investment to rescue the economy from the COVID crisis and create prosperity for the future, and to fight back against fear-mongers who use deficit concerns as a scapegoat to starve American communities and businesses of resources.

The operation consists of two components: Invest in America, the charitable and public education arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Economic Security Project co-chair Chris Hughes; and Invest in America Action, the advocacy and social welfare arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project Action funded by Chris Hughes and the Omidyar Network.

Learn more at InvestInAmericaNow.com and @InvestNowUSA, and InvestinAmericaProject.com.

About the Care Can’t Wait Coalition

The #CareCantWait coalition is working to ensure that the Biden Administration and Congress include significant investments in America’s care infrastructure in the upcoming federal jobs, infrastructure and recovery package. That includes passing legislation to expand access to child care, paid family and medical leave, and home and community-based services for people with disabilities and aging adults, and ensure good jobs are created in the care economy.

The #CareCantWait coalition is led by BeAHero Fund, Caring Across Generations; Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP); Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap; Community Change & Economic Security Project Community Change; Family Values @ Work; MomsRising; National Domestic Workers Alliance; National Partnership for Women & Families; National Women’s Law Center; Paid Leave for All; Service Employees International Union (SEIU); The Arc; TIMES UP; and Zero To Three.

Learn more at carecantwait.org.

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