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WASHINGTON D.C. – In response to the government shutdown fight and the expiration of emergency child care benefits, Nicole Jorwic, chief of advocacy and campaigns at Caring Across Generations, released the following statement:
“While there is some temporary relief that the government avoided a shutdown last week, they still failed millions of children and families by not acting on the child care cliff and failing to pass the Child Care Stabilization Act. Because of Congress’s continued focus on power games and failed priorities, more than three million children could lose their child care and 70,000 child care programs are at risk of closing. Our elected officials need to immediately eject from this bleak cycle that places brinkmanship over people’s lives.
“The continuing gamesmanship in Congress is putting livelihoods at risk, and in a little more than a month from now, Congress will fail millions more if they continue down this path of threatening families’ well-being and holding the economy hostage for political gain.
“Families all over this country are struggling as a direct result of the inaction from Congress. Our economy will not be able to fully recover and thrive if people who are already squeezed by the lack of investments in family-first policies have even more taken away. It is critical Congress stop manufacturing crises and instead, take care of their constituents.”
Caring Across Generations is a national organization of family caregivers, care workers, disabled people, and aging adults working to transform the way we care in this country so that care is accessible, affordable and equitable — and our systems of care enable everyone to live and age with dignity.
To achieve our vision, we transform cultural norms and narratives about aging, disability and care; win federal and state-level policies; and build power amongst the people touched by care. For more information, visit caringacross.org.