(WFXR) — Two Virginia members of the U.S. Senate are set to make stops in several cities around southwest and central Virginia on Wednesday to discuss childcare, economic development, and workforce challenges
According to officials, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine “will hold socially distant events with community members in Lynchburg, Roanoke, and Floyd to hear more about the region’s needs and gather feedback to bring back to the Senate as he works this month on the Build Back Better bill to deliver relief for Virginia families as they grapple with COVID-19. As a member of the Senate Budget Committee, Kaine has played a pivotal role in crafting this bill. The Senate recently passed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget resolution to start the process of working on the Build Back Better bill, and Kaine will work with his colleagues over the next month to further shape the legislation before final passage. Kaine will work to ensure the bill lowers costs, cuts taxes for middle class and low-income families, and helps Virginians overcome challenges due to COVID-19.”
The senator’s office says Kaine will hold a morning roundtable on Wednesday, Aug. 25 with local leaders at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lynchburg to discuss federal support for youth development and alleviating child poverty. In addition, he will hear more about the Lynchburg’s Kids First Collaborative, a local partnership to promote positive outcomes for students.
As a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, officials say Kaine has pushed to include support for working families in the Build Back Better bill, so he will ask for feedback from the Boys & Girls Club on their needs.
Kaine also worked to include the expansion of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) in the American Rescue Plan, resulting in monthly checks for millions of American families to help them pay for food, housing, and other necessities. The senator is trying to extend these payments as part of the Build Back Better bill, thus continuing the largest tax cut ever for families with children.
Officials estimate expanding the CTC will benefit 1.6 million children across Virginia — including 249,000 children who are currently in poverty — and will lift 85,000 Virginia children out of poverty.
Then, on Wednesday afternoon, Kaine will hold a roundtable with the Roanoke Regional Partnership and area leaders not only to gather feedback, but to discuss ways to strengthen the region’s outdoor economy and support jobs.
The Roanoke Valley has actively developed an outdoor economy for over a decade as a way to grow employment, attract talent, and support business investment.
Kaine supported efforts in the recently passed Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act in order to address the country’s crumbling infrastructure and help Virginians find well-paying jobs as the economy starts recover from the pandemic.
Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner will visit Danville Wednesday morning to deliver the keynote speech at the Accelerated Training in Defense Manufacturing Summit, which is being hosted by the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in order to examine existing workforce challenges in defense manufacturing.
In the past, Warner has been a vocal proponent of advancing workforce training and addressing the country’s chronic underinvestment in workers.
Warner is also set to stop by Mecklenberg County, Nottoway County, and Petersburg throughout the day on Wednesday.
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