Biden’s New Executive Order Sparks Anger

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( – On Tuesday President Biden is set to sign an executive order that would increase compensation for care workers, and family caregivers and provide affordable care options through 50 directives to federal agencies.

Susan Rice, a domestic policy adviser noted that currently child care and the long-term care systems across the nation are not working as they should. She added that “High-quality care is costly to deliver, it’s labor intensive, it requires skilled workers” and yet many of those care workers receive one of the lower pays in the country despite the intricacies of their jobs.

Rice claimed that Biden’s order is the “most comprehensive set of executive actions” that a President has ever taken to support and expand care workers.

For federal workers, the order would require agencies to identify which grant programs can help with providing child care support and support for long-term care for people who are employed on a federal project. The Office of Personnel Management is going to be reviewing the subsidy policies in order to help determine how agencies can provide better childcare subsidies.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is also going to be improving the home-based care available to veterans who need help with everyday activities.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is also going to streamline the process for American Indians and Alaska Natives to gain access to child care.

The executive order does not specify dollar amounts and instead is going to examine how to best take advantage of the federal dollars that are allocated for child care.

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