Washington, DC – Today, Democratic Women's Caucus (DWC) Co-Chairs Congresswomen Jackie Speier (CA-14), Lois Frankel (FL-21), and Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) and Vice Chair Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) were joined by Members of the Democratic Women’s Caucus in sending a letter to President Biden and Vice President Harris urging inclusion of social infrastructure in any future recovery or infrastructure package. The letter specifically advocates for investments in policy proposals that would directly help women overcome the disproportionate impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on them, including proposals related to child care, paid leave, black maternal health, the child tax credit, pay equity protections, and increasing the minimum wage.
“With $64 billion in women’s lost wages and economic activity at risk annually if these trends continue, we must act on the needs of women and their families to Build Back Better. As you consider an infrastructure or recovery package, we want to highlight that infrastructure is not just roads and bridges; it is also the social infrastructure such as child care that enables our society to function,” the letter states.
The complete text of the letter can found here and is attached below.
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