HHS Secretary Becerra to visit Manchester to support ‘care infrastructure’ program

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(This report is a preview of this week’s New Hampshire Primary Source column, which will be published in its entirety early Thursday morning on WMUR.com.)BECERRA IN NH FOR ‘CARE BLOCK PARTY.’ U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra will visit Manchester on Thursday to join New Hampshire moms and grassroots political and policy activists in support of a care infrastructure package that addresses child care, the child tax credit and universal paid family medical leave.Becerra will be among the featured speakers headlining the 11 a.m. event at Derryfield Park, which is being called a “Care Keeps Us Afloat Block Party.” Co-hosting are the progressive groups 603 Forward, MomsRising and Rights & Democracy.Also speaking to the gathering will be Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig, U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster and MomsRising New Hampshire Director Christina D’Allesandro, while representatives of U.S. Sens. Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen will be in attendance. The block party will feature sandwiches, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, music and games, organizers said. MomsRising said the organizers are calling for the inclusion in a federal infrastructure plan of “long-term sustained funding for child care, a permanent expansion of the child tax credit and paid family medical leave for all.”The group said New Hampshire mothers and caregivers “will share their personal stories and experiences of caring for loved ones during the pandemic and continued hardships” as they urge Congress to provide “care infrastructure” funding.Organizers noted that the block party will take place as monthly payments of up to $300 per month per child are slated to begin being sent to eligible Granite Staters as a result of the one-year expansion of the child tax credit in President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan. That credit has been made permanent as a result of the American Families Plan, they said.”In addition to celebrating the positive steps made to-date in the Granite State towards real investments in a care economy thanks to Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen and Congress members Chris Pappas and Annie Kuster, advocates will highlight the most critical supports for local families thanks to the American Rescue Plan — policies that will help Granite Staters rebuild their lives as we all recover from the losses experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic,” MomsRising said.

(This report is a preview of this week’s New Hampshire Primary Source column, which will be published in its entirety early Thursday morning on WMUR.com.)

BECERRA IN NH FOR ‘CARE BLOCK PARTY.’ U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra will visit Manchester on Thursday to join New Hampshire moms and grassroots political and policy activists in support of a care infrastructure package that addresses child care, the child tax credit and universal paid family medical leave.

Becerra will be among the featured speakers headlining the 11 a.m. event at Derryfield Park, which is being called a “Care Keeps Us Afloat Block Party.” Co-hosting are the progressive groups 603 Forward, MomsRising and Rights & Democracy.

Also speaking to the gathering will be Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig, U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster and MomsRising New Hampshire Director Christina D’Allesandro, while representatives of U.S. Sens. Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen will be in attendance.

The block party will feature sandwiches, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, music and games, organizers said.

MomsRising said the organizers are calling for the inclusion in a federal infrastructure plan of “long-term sustained funding for child care, a permanent expansion of the child tax credit and paid family medical leave for all.”

The group said New Hampshire mothers and caregivers “will share their personal stories and experiences of caring for loved ones during the pandemic and continued hardships” as they urge Congress to provide “care infrastructure” funding.

Organizers noted that the block party will take place as monthly payments of up to $300 per month per child are slated to begin being sent to eligible Granite Staters as a result of the one-year expansion of the child tax credit in President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan. That credit has been made permanent as a result of the American Families Plan, they said.

“In addition to celebrating the positive steps made to-date in the Granite State towards real investments in a care economy thanks to Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen and Congress members Chris Pappas and Annie Kuster, advocates will highlight the most critical supports for local families thanks to the American Rescue Plan — policies that will help Granite Staters rebuild their lives as we all recover from the losses experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic,” MomsRising said.

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