Sen. Murray visits Vancouver to talk child care with parents

Washington's U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (left) meets with parents in Vancouver on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (KATU Photo)

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, met with parents in Vancouver on Wednesday to talk about a child care bill she’s pushing in Washington, D.C.

The bill aims to make child care cheaper and more accessible. One piece of it ensures that families who made less than 150 percent of their state’s median income won’t spend more than seven percent of their income on child care.

For the parents Murray met with that would be a huge help.

"The cost for my day care now is literally more than my mortgage," said one parent. "I have a pretty conservative mortgage, but now I'm paying more for my child to go to school than I am for him to live in his home."

"I could only afford two days a week and those two days a week was over a quarter of my income," said another parent.

Murray brought along a New York University researcher who specializes in early learning. He said high quality preschools are an important part of childhood that every family should have access to.

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