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 PelosiThis week: Congress set for clash on Trump's border request Judd Gregg: An Irish friend and wisdom Juan Williams: Warren on the rise 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 TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE and Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMcConnell-backed Super PAC says nominating Roy Moore would be 'gift wrapping' seat to Dems McConnell vows to 'vigorously' oppose Moore's Senate bid Pelosi: Trump delay on Harriet Tubman is 'an insult to the hopes of millions' MORE (N.Y.) to discuss infrastructure, the AP reported.

Pelosi was joined on the trip by Democratic congresswomen including Reps. Katherine ClarkKatherine Marlea ClarkOvernight Health Care: Major doctors group votes to oppose single-payer | Panel recommends wider use of HIV prevention pill | New lawsuit over Trump 'conscience protection' rule Democrats scuttle attempt to strike Hyde Amendment from spending bill Clyburn walks back comments about impeachment MORE and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyProgressives seize on impeachment in 2020 primaries Overnight Defense: House passes T spending package with defense funds | Senate set to vote on blocking Saudi arms sales | UN nominee defends climate change record Democrats take aim at Trump policies by passing T spending package 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.