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Kirsten Gillibrand unveils a ‘Family Bill of Rights’ to revolutionize U.S. childcare

By WITW Staff on May 24, 2019

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has unveiled a sweeping proposal she calls the Family Bill of Rights, which would alleviate financial pressure on families with infants, establish a national paid family leave program, and require insurers to cover fertility treatments such as IVF, among other issues.

The plan, the presidential hopeful said in a statement, “will make all families stronger, regardless of who you are or what your ZIP code is.”

To finance the plan, her campaign said, she would call for a tax on Wall Street transactions to generate up to $1 trillion in new revenue over 10 years. For instance, a $1,000 stock purchase would be taxed at $5, according to The New York Times.

The plan — which the senator from New York said she would make a priority in her first 100 days in the White House — would include the distribution of starter kits for an infant’s first month at home, including diapers, blankets, onesies, and a small mattress. In addition, the proposal would address a shortage of obstetricians in rural areas, assist states in creating universal prekindergarten, provide tax credits for adoption, and prohibit discrimination in adoption.

The senator said the plan would “level the playing field” in the U.S.

Heidi Hartmann, the president of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, a nonpartisan think tank, told the Times that in states with paid family leave programs, women and their babies are healthier, helping mothers return to work.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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