Ohio’s Working Parents Deserve Better Than Trump’s Broken Promises

COLUMBUS — In response to Vice President Joe Biden releasing his “Plan for Mobilizing American Talent and Heart to Create a 21st Century Caregiving and Education Workforce,” the Ohio Democratic Party released the following statement from Chairman David Pepper:

“Donald Trump promised Ohioans he would deliver on child care for working families. Instead, he turned his back on them and funnelled billions to his ultra-wealthy friends. Even in the midst of a global pandemic, Trump has continued making it harder for working parents to take time off and care for their families. Ohioans deserve better than his broken promises. We deserve an advocate in the White House, and this November, we’re going to get one in Joe Biden.”

BACKGROUND ON TRUMP’S BROKEN PROMISES ON CHILD CARE

Promise: “For the workers, the middle class, families, everybody, we’re having a major, major tax reductions, and I will tell you, Ivanka Trump wants child care taken care of, and we’re going to do that, okay?” [Trump Campaign Rally, Toledo OH, 9/21/16]

Promise: “Child care is such a big problem. We’re going to solve that problem. That means we need working mothers to be fairly compensated for their work and have access to affordable, quality child care for their kids. It’s what we’re doing.” [Trump Child Care Policy Speech, 9/13/16]

Reality: Trump’s tax scam helped the wealthy at the expense of working parents, reducing the value of the child and dependent care tax credit for many working families while handing massive giveaways to billionaires and corporations.

Reality: Even after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump administration scaled back paid leave requirements for employers, allowing many companies to decline to provide sick leave for child care. Some 17.7 million health care workers were excluded from emergency paid leave, 75 percent of whom are women.

Reality: Trump’s family leave proposal “does not offer what has generally been considered paid family leave” and wouldn’t provide any new funding, instead forcing parents to “borrow from their future selves.” His proposal also wouldn’t cover care for sick family members or protect parents’ jobs while on leave.

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