Pelosi: 'Unleash' Women With 'Affordable Quality Childcare for All'

By Eric Scheiner | April 29, 2013 | 11:35am EDT

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) AP Photo

( - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told a gathering in Cleveland earlier this month that America needs to "unleash" women by providing "affordable" childcare for all American children--a proposal she said President Nixon had wrongfully rejected four decades ago.

“I need your help on this because we talked about Social Security, a pillar of economic stability for America’s families,” Pelosi said at the City Club of Cleveland on April 15. “Medicare and Medicaid another pillar of health security. Affordable Care Act--another pillar, we put it in that league as making a difference. “

“What we have to do," said Pelosi, "and not necessarily as, shall we say, as transformative as Social Security and Medicare and the Affordable Care Act for everybody, but I think very important to our country, is to have affordable quality childcare for all of America’s children. If we are going to unleash all that women have to offer we have to really get to this point.”

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The House Minority Leader blamed the Conservative Movement for the failure of government-supported childcare during the Nixon administration. “It passed the Congress, it was on President Nixon’s desk," she said. "People thought he was going to sign it.”

“Then the Conservative Movement--well, really, more than Conservative Movement came in and said that would undermine families or something," said Pelosi. "Well, you can just imagine what they said.

"So he vetoed the bill," said Pelosi. "Now that was a long time ago, forty years ago, it’s long overdue that we would have this. Now, the president comes close in his budget when he says ‘preschool for all’ because we have a situation of children learning, parents earning.”

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