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 PelosiSekulow indicates White House not interested in motion to dismiss impeachment articles Overnight Health Care: Trump restores funding for Texas program that bars Planned Parenthood | Trump to attend March for Life | PhRMA spent record on 2019 lobbying Key House committee chairman to meet with Mnuchin on infrastructure next week 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.

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“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 TrumpMnuchin knocks Greta Thunberg's activism: Study economics and then 'come back' to us The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial MORE and Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerCollins walks impeachment tightrope 'Emotion' from Trump's legal team wins presidential plaudits Biden says he would not engage in witness swap in impeachment trial MORE (N.Y.) to discuss infrastructure, the AP reported.

Pelosi was joined on the trip by Democratic congresswomen including Reps. Katherine ClarkKatherine Marlea ClarkSanders, Warren battle for progressive endorsements Democrats ramp up calls for war powers vote after Iran strike Nearly all Democrats expected to back articles of impeachment MORE and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyMassachusetts governor apologizes after calling Pressley speech a 'rant' Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Donald Trump' if the US doesn't elect a progressive Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Jayapal endorses Sanders 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.