National Women's Political Caucus day care alert, July 30,1971, page 2
The defeat of the amendments outlined in the letters to Senators Javits and Mondale and the passage of the amendments outlined in the letter to Chairman Perkins are crucial if we are to take even a baby step towards universal child care in this country. It has been esti- mated that it would cost about $23 billion dollars to establish a truly adequate child care system, and skeptics say that this is too much to spend on day care. However, $2 billion for the first year, which seems to be a politically realizable goal, will not even cover the 1,265,400 children who will need care under the family assistance plan. Our Senators and Representatives need to understand the depth of our concern about the level of appropriations. Sixteen hundred dollars, the cost per child per year for day care, is roughly equivalent to the cost of one foot of federal highway. Congress must decide which is more important: the foot of highway or a child. Since action on the child care legislation will be taken up in both the House and Senate next week, we urge you to contact your representatives immediately and encourage others to do the same. Some rules of thumb that you should be aware of when lobbying are as follows: Personal letters are more effective than form letters, letters and personal trips have more impact than telegrams and phone calls. In this instance, because we have so little time, telegrams and phone calls will have to be used in addition to letters and visits. Congressmen and Senators pay more attention to people from their own districts and states than they do to those from other areas, so contact your own representatives first and then those from other areas. On the Senate side, the legislation will be on the Senate floor, so all of the senators need to be contacted. On the House side, the bill is in full committee mark-up; therefore, we only need to contact the members of the House Education and Labor committee. They are as follows: DEMOCRATS: Carl D. Perkins (Ky); Edith Green (Ore.); Frank Thompson, Jr. (NJ); John Dent (Penn.); Roman Pucinski (Ill.); John Brademas (Ind.); James O'Hara (Mich.); Augustus Hawkins (Calif.); William D. Ford (Mich.); Patsy Mink (Hawaii); James Scheuer (NY); Lloyd Needs (Wash.); Phillip Burton (Calif.); Joseph Gaydos (Penn.); William Clay (Mo.); Shirley Chisholm (NY); Mario Biaggi (NY); Ella Grasso (Conn.); Louise Day Hicks (Mass.); Romano Mazzoli (Kyi); Herman Badillo (NY). REPUBLICANS: Albert Quie (Minn.); John Ashbrook (Ohio); Alphonzo Bell (Calif.); Ogden Reid (NY); John N. Erlenborn (Ill.); John Dellenback (Ore.); Marvin Esch (Mich.); Edwin Eshleman (Penn.); William A. Steiger (Wisc.); Earl F. Landgreve (Ind.); Orval Hansen (Idaho); Earl s. Ruth (NC); Edwin B. Forsythe (NJ): Victor V. Veysey (Calif.); Jack F. Kemp (NY): Peter A. Peyser (NY). When you write or call, identify yourselves as members of the National Women's Political Caucus. We want the members of Congress to know that women are united, that we are monitoring their actions, and that we expect them to be responsive to the issues which concern us!