(CNSNews.com) - The coronavirus pandemic has produced new complications for working parents and new opportunities for Democrats to push a favorite agenda item: universal child care.
Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), the first woman to give birth while serving as a U.S. senator, has two small children. She told CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, "it is part of the Democratic position that we should have child care for all Americans."
Guest host Dana Bash asked Duckworth -- mentioned as a potential running mate for Joe Biden -- if Congress is "doing enough to address this problem."
"Well, child care is part of the Democrats' proposal for the next COVID-19 relief bill," Duckworth said:
So, it is part of what our platform is.
And I will tell you, I'm living this on a firsthand basis. I just found out from my daughter's public school that we have a choice come fall of her either being full-time or homeschooling. And how do I do that and be a full-time United States senator?
And the other choice is that two days a week in school and three days a week at home.
I can figure out how to make things work. But what about the single mom who's got to go and work at McDonald's or the grocery store? How are they going to put this together?
This is very much something that I'm talking with the Democratic leadership on. And it is part of the Democratic position that we should have child care for all Americans.
In March 2019, almost a year before the pandemic reached the U.S., Duckworth and Sen. Dick Durbin re-introduced legislation that would give low- and middle-income families access to "affordable, high-quality" child care.
The Child Care for Working Families Act would ensure that no family under 150 percent of the state median income pays more than seven percent of their income on child care, invest in training and compensation for child care workers and expand access to high-quality preschool for low- and middle-income 3 and 4 year olds.
Senator Elizabeth Warren made a similar pitch for universal child care in her now-ended quest for the presidency.