Grandparents, home care workers rally at the Capitol, urge Senate to pass Build Back Better

12/15/2021

"There are so many families that need this help.”

Grandmothers and home care workers from across the country joined elected leaders and allies at the Capitol to urge the Senate to swiftly pass Build Back Better and make home care and child care more affordable and invest in paid leave and good union jobs for care workers.

Workers and grandmas were joined by Sens. Bob Casey and Ron Wyden and Reps. Rosa DeLauro, Veronica Escobar, Sara Jacobs and Debbie Dingell.

“As a daughter, mother and grandmother, I’ve seen firsthand how essential quality care is across generations,” said Deborah McAllister, a Burgaw, N.C. home care worker who is attending the rally. “The Build Back Better Act is a historic investment in care that takes a huge leap forward in ensuring that grandparents, parents, aunties and uncles, and children can get the care they need, how, when and where they need it.”

The rally took place after a panel discussion hosted by the Democratic Women's Caucus, in which care workers told their stories and how Build Back Better will improve their lives, make care more affordable, and lift working families.

“Build Back Better will open up more access to home care for more people across the country, not just in Illinois,” said Lillie Cleeton, an Illinois grandmother and SEIU HCII home care worker who cares for her son, KL, who has spinal muscular atrophy. “Without home care, I don’t know where we would be. There are so many families that need this help.”

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