National POW/MIA Recognition Day
On National POW/MIA Recognition Day, it is important to remember the sacrifices and contributions made by millions of servicemembers and their families, past and present. This past legislative session, I was proud to work on several initiatives to benefit veterans, active duty servicemembers, and their families.
One of the most important was our bill to expand access to child care for military families. Senate Bills 257 and 359 would have created a child care placement preference for families of active duty military personnel, personnel who are killed or missing in action, or personnel who are taken as prisoners of war. The recent deployment of the 72nd Military Police Company to Afghanistan highlighted the need for this policy, and we had the bipartisan support of Senate Democrats, Assembly Democrats and Assembly Republicans. Unfortunately, Senate Republicans didn’t see the value of this common-sense measure and repeatedly refused to consider it, so the bills died.
I am committed to making child care for military families a priority in the 2017 Legislative Session.