With Omicron Closing Schools and Child Care Centers, Moms and Families Need the Build Back Better Act More Than Ever
“2022 is off to a rough start for America’s moms, families, and businesses. The pandemic is surging, hundreds of thousands of people are becoming ill and being asked to quarantine each day, many schools and child care centers are operating remotely if they are open at all, transportation systems are compromised, and the already-high cost of food, medication, housing and energy is rising fast. For most working people, the struggles that result are worsened immeasurably by our lack of a care infrastructure, including paid family and medical leave, affordable child care, universal pre-K, and home- and community-based services. And for millions of families, the relief the expanded Child Tax Credit provided has ended at precisely the time their need for that relief is becoming even more urgent.
As the U.S. Senate returns this week, America’s moms are demanding speedy passage of the Build Back Better Act, which will help address inflation, lower family costs, create jobs, strengthen public health, and address the other crises so many families and businesses are facing. In 2021, MomsRising members took more than 1.4 million actions in support of a care infrastructure. They made more than 1 million contacts with their elected leaders, including writing 150,000 personalized postcards to their U.S. Senators – and they will continue to raise their voices until Congress passes the Build Back Better Act.
“Moms have spoken clearly and it’s time for the U.S. Senators on both sides of the political aisle to respond. We need to finally pass paid family/medical leave like every other industrialized nation has already done, advance child care and pre-K, move forward home- and community-based services, extend the Child Tax Credit expansion, cut the cost of prescription medications, make health care more affordable, improve maternal health, provide a pathway to citizenship and permanent protections for immigrants, and finally build the care infrastructure our country needs. Only if we do all that will we be able to manage this pandemic. Only if we pass the Build Back Better Act will it be possible for moms, families, businesses, and our economy to thrive.”