On Tuesday, November 26th, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar sat down with our advocates to discuss issues facing children and families.
Of those in attendance, Jessica Rebeschini of Zero to Three, Jillian Herink from the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children, Emilee Harris of Every Child Matters, Cindy Davis of Iowa Community Action Association, Dave Welter from the Iowa Afterschool Alliance and Sue Dinsdale of the Iowa Citizens Action Network asked Klobuchar questions about various issues, including children’s health, safety, and education..
Klobuchar stated that she favored a non-profit public option to expand health care coverage to more people, and stated that the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) should be working better to ensure that all children have health coverage. She also wants to work to decrease the price of prescription drugs, and do more to support family members who become care givers.
As a mother, Klobuchar talked about how important it was to find child care that is affordable and high-quality. She attributed the issues facing child care in America today to lack of proper funding streams. She promised to correct the current funding streams and increase grants so that more child care options are available to all families and children. Moving on to the topic of child safety, Klobuchar stated that she wants to see more bills passed to eliminate gun violence in our schools. She described her efforts as county attorney to increase protections for children from violence in their homes and their communities. Addressing the crisis at the border, Klobuchar called for comprehensive immigration reform.
Klobuchar wants to increase the minimum wage to help improve family economic security. She also described her plan to end child poverty. Klobuchar also spoke on the importance of keeping parents in work and participating in the economy by aligning the school day to the work day and increasing after school programs to keep kids in care and learning while parents work.
Finally, Klobuchar stated that she wants to see equal opportunity for every child in this country by ending the crisis at the border, and by ending discrimination for all children, no matter their background.
To hear our full conversation with Senator Klobuchar, watch the video above.
The Children’s Policy Coalition is calling on every presidential candidate to address the issues affecting children and families. Candidate responses are shared here for informational purposes only. The Children’s Policy Coalition does not endorse candidates or parties. We’re caucusing for kids!