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Warren urges investment in child care workers amid pandemic

Warren urges investment in child care workers amid pandemic
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSchumer vows to advance two-pronged infrastructure plan next month Overnight Health Care: CDC panel meets on vaccines and heart inflammation | Health officials emphasize vaccine is safe | Judge rules Missouri doesn't have to implement Medicaid expansion Democrats urge Biden to extend moratorium on student loan payments MORE (D-Mass.) said she is renewing her push to create universal child care, saying the pandemic has underscored the need for such a program. 

The former Democratic presidential hopeful said that U.S. infrastructure has moved forward over the years in nearly every aspect except child care. 

“Our roads are better. Our access to electricity is better. But our child care infrastructure is worse,” Warren said in an interview with The New York Times. “Child care is a core part of our infrastructure.”

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During her presidential bid, Warren proposed universal child care through a wealth tax. Warren told the Times she still thinks a wealth tax should be tied to universal child care.

“I think more people have begun to see how child care is an essential part of making this economy work and how child care workers are among the essential workers we must have to restart our economy,” she said.

Warren, who has been floated with several other women as a potential running mate for former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSchumer vows to advance two-pronged infrastructure plan next month Biden appoints veteran housing, banking regulator as acting FHFA chief Iran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' MORE, said he “deserves full credit” for his recently-announced plan to stimulate the "caregiving economy."

The plan borrows elements from proposals of Warren and fellow progressive Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenators say White House aides agreed to infrastructure 'framework' Briahna Joy Gray: Biden is keeping the filibuster to have 'a Joe Manchin presidency' On The Money: Biden to fire FHFA director after Supreme Court removes restriction | Yellen pleads with Congress to raise debt ceiling MORE (I-Vt.), such as tax credits for child care. Warren insisted that she was not the architect behind Biden's proposal.

“He gets how these pieces connect to each other,” Warren said. “And that’s a real advance. That hasn’t been there before. And he sees it as a real difference between himself and Donald TrumpDonald TrumpIran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' Ivanka Trump, Kushner distance themselves from Trump claims on election: CNN Overnight Defense: Joint Chiefs chairman clashes with GOP on critical race theory | House bill introduced to overhaul military justice system as sexual assault reform builds momentum MORE.”