Clinton calls for FEC to let campaigns use funds for child care

Clinton calls for FEC to let campaigns use funds for child care
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonButtigieg stands in as Pence for Harris's debate practice Senate GOP sees early Supreme Court vote as political booster shot Poll: 51 percent of voters want to abolish the electoral college MORE is calling for the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to allow candidates to use campaign funds to help pay for child care while on the campaign trail. 

"Can you imagine how different our policies would be if more working moms and dads were part of making them?" the former Democratic presidential nominee tweeted Friday.

"That's why I'm calling on the FEC to allow candidates to use campaign funds for childcare when they’re on the trail."


Clinton's comments came amid a crescendoing national discussion about how to reconcile the responsibilities of parenthood with politics. 

The Senate also voted last week to allow lawmakers to bring infants into the chamber, after Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthMcConnell focuses on confirming judicial nominees with COVID-19 talks stalled Biden courts veterans amid fallout from Trump military controversies John Fogerty: 'Confounding' that Trump campaign played 'Fortunate Son' at rally MORE (D-Ill.) became the first senator to give birth while in office. 

One candidate, Liuba Grechen Shirley, a New York Democrat running for the House, is petitioning the FEC to allow the use of campaign funds for child care costs while she runs for office.

Marc Elias, who serves as counsel to Clinton, filed comments with the FEC on Thursday, expressing support for Grechen Shirley's petition

Elias wrote that denying Grechen Shirley's request would "discourage young mothers from seeking elective office, and deprive parents of ordinary means of the opportunity to serve."

"Such payment is absolutely necessary to the responsible pursuit of her candidacy," the comments read.