Pelosi calls for investments in child care, early education

Pelosi calls for investments in child care, early education
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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Four companies reach 0M settlement in opioid lawsuit | Deal opens door to larger settlements | House panel to consider vaping tax | Drug pricing markup tomorrow Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails Trump urges GOP to fight for him MORE (D-Calif.) on Friday voiced support for increased federal funding of early child care and education while touring schools in Massachusetts.

Joined on the trip by several congresswomen from the state, Pelosi told reporters that her primary motivation for serving in government has been improving life for younger generations, according to The Associated Press.


“My ‘why’ has always been the 1 in 5 children in the United States who live in poverty,” she said, according to the news service. “Everything that we do has to be about the children and their future.”

The Speaker made the remarks after touring the Eliot-Pearson Children’s School at Tufts University and reportedly emphasized that education funding is a long-term economic booster.

Pelosi said she stressed the need to fund programs aimed at helping children with disabilities when she met this week with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE and Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTurkey says soldier killed despite cease-fire in Syria Schumer calls for FDA to probe reports of contaminated baby food How Trump and Pelosi went from bad to worse MORE (N.Y.) to discuss infrastructure, the AP reported.

Pelosi was joined on the trip by Democratic congresswomen including Reps. Katherine ClarkKatherine Marlea ClarkMassachusetts Democrats call for 100 percent fentanyl screening of international mail from 'high-risk' nations Ten notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment The Hill's Morning Report - Trump searches for backstops amid recession worries MORE and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyThese 3 women are defining the race to unseat Trump Ocasio-Cortez mourns Cummings: 'A devastating loss for our country' Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings MORE, two founding members of the Black Maternal Health Caucus, a congressional working group focused on efforts to reduce the racial disparity in death rates from pregnancy-related complications.

In 2017, as part of the then-minority Democrats' "Better Deal" agenda, Pelosi co-sponsored a bill that would have ensured that low-income families pay no more than 7 percent of their income on child care expenses.

The bill would have also supported universal preschool access for 3- and 4-year-olds, and improved training and pay for child care workers.