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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Advocates went to Washington D. C. to fight to keep money for caregivers in the

 Changing the future for caregivers in America is tied to legislation before Congress Build Back Better Plan

The 19th wrote in an article on October 12, 2021:

"Some members of Congress stopped by the vigil. In the afternoon, Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington paid an unexpected visit. Jayapal is the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and has pushed Biden to “hold the line” on proposed funding for expanding and strengthening care programs. 

“For me, it’s about women in particular, the majority of women, largely immigrant women who do [care work] every day, to care for our elderly, our most vulnerable folks with disabilities. We need to reward that work,” Jayapal told The 19th. Jayapal took issue with an idea, reportedly embraced by Manchin, that Democrats choose just one policy priority to aid working families." 

"Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania closed out the vigil, with ADAPT members in their wheelchairs and neon regalia, home care workers in purple SEIU T-shirts and more protesters standing behind him. Casey, a Democrat, has been one of the biggest and most consistent supporters of home care funding in the Senate, not just for this reconciliation bill, but for his entire career. He spoke to rally the same protesters and advocates in 2017, in support of preserving funding for home care funded by Medicaid, as well as the Affordable Care Act as a whole. This time, Casey read a few stories himself, before his staff accepted five cardboard file boxes filled with pages of home care workers, family members and disabled people desperately asking for relief.

After he finished addressing the crowd, Casey told The 19th that he planned to get as many of the boxed stories on the congressional record as possible."