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With members of Congress heading home for the August recess, families in Missouri will have plenty of questions for lawmakers on the future of federal programs and spending. From tax reform to health care, anyone watching the heated policy debates in Washington can see how hard it is for policymakers to reach a bipartisan compromise in our nation's capital.
One exception to the gridlock in Washington: the overwhelming bipartisan support for expanding access to high-quality early childhood education. Fortunately, Missouri's own Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) is uniquely positioned to help children and families, thanks to his role as the chairman of the appropriations subcommittee that oversees early childhood education programs.
The vast majority of American voters would support efforts by Senator Blunt and his colleagues to increase smart federal investments in early childhood education that help working families and children succeed.
Breaking through the gridlock in Washington is difficult today, but not impossible, especially when it comes to helping American families and children. Together, Republicans and Democrats can make a real difference in the lives of Missouri parents and children by improving access to, and the quality of, early childhood education opportunities.