House to Open Daycare to Retain Staffers

The House of Representatives is opening a daycare, a move that the House is hoping will help to keep its Capitol Hill personnel that have children.

Kevin McCarthy, the soon-to-be House minority leader, has secured some $12 million for the new facility that will spread on 26,000 square feet, The Hill reported.

In the first stage, the facility will accommodate 120 infants and toddlers in daycare, and as of next year, there will be a preschool added for some 122 students.

According to McCarthy, this facility will help the House keep its loyal and well-qualified workers.

“If somebody is working for you and wants to continue to serve government, but says ‘I don’t have daycare so I can’t stay here, the wait list is too long, the quality is not there,’ then you are disadvantaging who can actually serve and work in government at the same time,” he said, as reported by NPR.

The House daycare expansion will help reduce its waiting list time from three years to one, according to NPR.

“I never made it off the list,” said Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler. “I had to keep looking like everyone else does. You get on a list, you hope it works, and if it doesn’t work you’ve got to make something happen.”

“The message is: You can make this work. For the good of the country and for the good of your family. And so I feel like the daycare facility was just another opportunity to give that option so that we get more women — so we are going to be more representative of the American people,” she told the outlet.

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