American Families Plan Advances the Programs and Policies That Will Help Moms, Families Thrive
“The American Families Plan will help reduce poverty, lift the economy, share prosperity, boost businesses, and end the pervasive inequities that consign so many families, and especially families of color harmed by structural racism, to hardship and want. Through long-overdue paid family leave, needed investments in education and child care, more generous food assistance, strategic tax credits, and more, this plan will help build a care infrastructure to solve some of the most daunting challenges facing moms and families in our country today. America’s moms welcome and strongly support it.
“This trailblazing plan will create jobs, invest in our care infrastructure, and build the care economy America needs to thrive.
“Moms and caregivers strongly support its comprehensive, groundbreaking paid leave provisions, to provide 12 weeks of paid leave with two-thirds wage replacement up to $4,000 per month – and higher rates of wage replacement for the lowest wage workers. The American Families Plan reflects what we know to be true: Whether it’s to care for a newborn you swear already smiles or a mom who is severely ill, to battle your own serious illness, or mourn the loss of a loved one, being there for family is what matters.
“Moms applaud the American Families Plan’s historic investments in child care and early learning; its guarantee that no family with children under age five earning less than 1.5 times their state’s median income will have to pay more than 7% of their income for child care; and its recognition of the essential role the child care workforce plays by increasing wages for early educators, who are disproportionately female and women of color.
“Moms support the American Families Plan’s provision to make our tax code work for, rather than against, working families by making refundability of the Child Tax Credit permanent; and making permanent the extension of the Earned Income Tax Credit for adults not raising children in their homes.
“We support the American Families Plan’s historic investments in food and nutrition, including its expansion of the number of schools that will be able to offer free lunch and its improvements to the quality of school meals. We applaud its provisions to make permanent the increase in premium subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.
“In both American Families Plan and the American Jobs Plan, President Biden sets us on a path to start rewriting our tax code, which for too long has benefited the wealthy, leaving women and people of color behind. It’s time to ask wealthy individuals and mega-corporations to pay their fair share so we can make the investments our families and communities need and deserve.
“Building off the President’s historic plan, we will work with the Administration and Congress to move key components forward immediately, as we also continue to address our nation’s emergency by pressing to fully implement the paid leave program as quickly as possible; ensure that Congress invests at least $700 billion in direct spending to build the comprehensive child care and early learning system that children, families, early educators, providers, employers, and communities need; extend the increased Child Tax Credit (of $3,600 per child under age 5 and $3,000 per child age 6 to 17) permanently; and extend the poverty-reducing tax credit again to mixed-status immigrant families. We will also urge Congress to extend the unemployment boost, currently set to expire at the beginning of September, through the end of the year, since the job market will not fully recover before then. And we will continue urging lawmakers to remember that immigrants are a critical part of our early learning and caregiving workforce and creating good jobs in those sectors necessitates a path to citizenship for essential workers, Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status holders.
“The American Families Plan is historic and badly needed. It will help end decades of underinvestment in our care infrastructure, and finally help advance the economic, gender, and racial justice our country needs. Its priorities are moms’ priorities. Its success will be our success. We will work tirelessly to make real its promise of a stronger, more equitable America.”