Representative Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled Republican spin on Biden is off the mark House progressives call on Biden to end all new fossil fuel permitting MORE (D-N.Y.) revealed a new childcare policy for her campaign Saturday after she was spotted carrying a child through a Washington, D.C.-area airport.
After a Twitter user shared a photo of the freshman lawmaker carrying a child at Ronald Reagan National Airport, Ocasio-Cortez responded, “The tot is my staffer’s 1 y/o! I was on holding duty for this stretch of the trip.”
“We are testing new childcare policies on the campaign by covering childcare expenses for traveling parents, or covering travel for children + a partner to join on certain trips. Wish us luck!” Ocasio-Cortez explained.
The tot is my staffer’s 1 y/o! I was on holding duty for this stretch of the trip ✈️— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 21, 2019
We are testing new childcare policies on the campaign by covering childcare expenses for traveling parents, or covering travel for children + a partner to join on certain trips.
Wish us luck! https://t.co/caxQ52cQd6
She later expanded on the reason behind move in an Instagram story. She said the trip was a campaign stop in Colorado to host a town hall on the Green New Deal alongside Representative Joe NeguseJoseph (Joe) NeguseEquilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Southern Company — 'Too late to evacuate' after wildfire debris Confronting 'insurmountable' challenges to keep America's wildfires at bay The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate nears surprise deal on short-term debt ceiling hike MORE (D-Colo.)
“A big part of the gender pay gap is in parenthood,” Ocasio-Cortez shared. “Moms & parents often stay home from big travel-work opportunities due to childcare costs+considerations. And because this burden is overwhelmingly shouldered on women, it’s women who too often have to take a pass when they don’t want to."
“Not everyone likes work travel and that’s fine, but if you want to go it shouldn’t set you back. So on this trip, we’re experimenting with bringing baby along and seeing what we can learn about childcare policies along the way,” she continued.
I am currently in Colorado to visit families impacted by fracking sites and to cohost a #GreenNewDeal town hall with Rep. @JoeNeguse.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 21, 2019
This is our first trip testing innovative approaches to childcare policies. We’re hoping to learn from it & refine for future trips/ideas pic.twitter.com/OPFNTeQBIp
Many mothers and Twitter users responded to Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet to support the policy for working parents.
This is so good and so incredibly important.— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) September 21, 2019
❤️❤️❤️❤️ my agency lets us bring our kids to the office and it’s probably the main reason I’m still there. Love their understanding of my duty as a mother and knowing I’ll still bend over backwards to protect the other 29 kids on my caseload right now.— stinkapotpoo (@TULS_ERAFLEW) September 21, 2019
This is awesome. Take care of staff families; take care of America's families. Good luck, though you won't need luck when you've got most of America behind you.— Arthur Goat (@ArthurGoat5) September 21, 2019
The Hill has reached out to Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign for comment.