On March 31, 2021, Biden proposed a $2 trillion American Jobs Plan—$400 billion of which would be allocated to the care economy to expand access to quality, affordable home- or community-based care for aging relatives and people with disabilities. The Biden administration says this proposed investment will help caregivers by raising their wages, creating stronger benefits and providing new caregiving jobs.
This proposal was born out of Biden’s campaign, where he stated he would invest $775 billion in the caregiving economy by allowing 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave, hiring three million Americans in care and education jobs, expanding Medicaid home- and community-based services, ensuring affordable child care and universal preschool, among other promises.
But many feminists—such as Josephine Kalipeni, deputy director at Family Values at Work, a national network helping to grow the movement for family-friendly workplace policies—say the proposed plan of $400 billion should only be seen as an initial investment, not a solution to the caregiving crisis.
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