Vetoing Investments in Care Work, Republicans Again Fail to Pay and Respect Women

Ms. Magazine | September 2, 2022

In the autumn of last year, I felt hopeful.

The work I do providing in-home care was elevated in President Biden’s Build Back Better (BBB) plan. BBB acknowledged the deferred maintenance in our nation’s infrastructure and the urgent need to seize the moment to finally, truly invest in and rebuild a nation that works for all of us.

The care economy—childcare, home care and community-based services—was, for the first time in our nation’s history, acknowledged as crucial, yet underfunded infrastructure. It was like a lightbulb went off in our national consciousness. Of course we need to invest in this! That was huge. I was elated. We won a commitment from the Democratic-led House last year to pay, protect and respect the women whose work makes it possible for other women to work… 

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