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WASHINGTON (AP) — Patience running thin, Democratic leaders are laying the groundwork for a go-it-alone approach on President Joe Biden's big jobs and families infrastructure plans even as the White House continues negotiating with Republicans on a much more scaled-back $1 trillion proposal.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Patience running thin, Democratic leaders are laying the groundwork for a go-it-alone approach on President Joe Biden's big jobs and families infrastructure plans even as the White House continues negotiating with Republicans on a much more scaled-back $1 trillion proposal.

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DES MOINES -- After another intense debate over police protections and racial equity, the Republican-led Iowa Senate last week approved legislation that would boost support for law enforcement and enhance punishments for individuals convicted of rioting.

We’ve all heard the phrase, "children are our future" for a reason — because it’s true. Having spent the past few decades advocating locally and nationally for high-quality early childhood education as a social worker, and now as part of SAL Family & Community Services (SAL) and Skip-A-Long Child Development Services (SKIP), I know the profound impact early childhood education has not just on individuals, but entire communities.

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As an Iowa state legislator, I have heard from constituents, business groups and more on the need to address the child care crisis. In Iowa, we are faced with two big issues that go hand-in-hand, a workforce shortage and a child care shortage. This session, the Iowa House has been aggressive in passing legislation that will address both at the same time.

Thanks to overwhelming bi-partisan support, the Iowa House recently passed several important pieces of legislation that would ensure quality child care is available and affordable to families and sustainable for providers throughout the state. We extend our sincere appreciation to local representatives Monica Kurth, Gary Mohr, Norlin Mommsen, Ross Paustian, Phyllis Thede and Cindy Winckler for their support and for recognizing the impact of child care services on business retention and expansion.

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DES MOINES — The Iowa House approved a legislative package that aims to address a workforce shortage by increasing the access and affordability of child care through a combination of grants and tax credits.

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