Biden plans to push for child care, affordable housing during Illinois visit

(The Center Square) – President Joe Biden plans to use his first visit to Illinois since taking office to talk about the need for additional investment in child care and affordable housing. 

Biden plans to speak at 2 p.m. Wednesday at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake. The community college has a child care center and workforce development program.

“He will argue that to build an economy from the bottom up and the middle out we need to invest in our people by providing four additional years of public education to every student, increasing Pell Grants and investing in job training,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday morning aboard Air Force One. ”You’ll also hear him talk about the fact that as a former single father he will stress that his plan will help boost child care affordability by building new child care centers and ensuring that no middle-class family pays more than 7% of their income on high-quality care for children up to age 5.”

U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Illinois, welcomed Biden to Illinois.

“I’m thrilled President Joe Biden is visiting Illinois to highlight the need for his American Families Plan, a plan that invests in our kids, families and economic future. Many Illinoisans have struggled to cover basic needs and expenses, especially during the pandemic,” she said in a statement. “The American Families Plan is a once-in-a-generation investment in the foundations of middle-class prosperity: education, health care, and child care, and is supported by a majority of Americans.”


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July 7, 2021 at 12:20PM

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