Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has not been quiet about her desire to see women receive more opportunities both in the political arena and in their professional and family lives, too.
As the Senator hosted her first interactive live chat with EMILY’s List last week, Gillibrand was sure to emphasize that while Republicans are busy stripping away health care reform that benefits women, Title X funding that helps them decide when they are ready to begin or grow their families, educational opportunities, union protections and equal pay, she and her fellow Democrats are not only trying to stem the tide of anti-women legislation, but create more support for women in the workforce.
One key component? Affordable childcare.
“Childcare is part of a jobs agenda,” Gillibrand said in the live chat, hosted by the women’s political organization committed to supporting pro-choice candidates, voicing her frustration at a expense that has become a significant burden to numerous families with both parents in the workforce.
As a result of the rising cost of childcare, Gillibrand is proposing legislation that will help to reduce the ballooning cost of care. “In this difficult economy, parents cannot afford the rising cost of child care. Families’ incomes are just not keeping pace,” Senator Gillibrand said. “I speak with parents all over New York State, who tell me that something must be done. In addition to making child care more affordable for parents who work and go to school, my plan will provide special assistance to businesses that help their employees with the tremendous costs.”
Gillibrand’s proposal includes increasing the Dependent and Child Care tax credit to $6000, giving larger tax breaks to businesses that offer on site child care services, getting more workers into the child care industry and encouraging businesses to allow more telecommuting — a proposal that wouldn’t just cut the amount of money needed to be spent on childcare, but would also reduce road congestion, fuel consumption, and business expenditures for keeping employees in an office.
Republicans say they are all about family values. It would be nice if they would prove it and provide some additional support for working families rather than just another set of tax breaks for the wealthy.