Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-Minn.) office announced Monday that the Minnesota Republican will be forming a Congressional caucus on Foster Youth along with two Democrats, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wa.).
The two Democrats will serve as co-chairs, as will Bachmann and fellow Republican Tom Marino (R-Pa.)
“With more than 420,000 youth currently in our nation’s foster care system, the bipartisan Caucus is committed to protecting and promoting the welfare of all children and youth in the system,” a statement from Bachmann’s office reads.
The Caucus intends to kick-off their work by examining “the use of mind-altering, psychotropic medications among foster youth.”
While on the campaign trail, Bachmann would frequently highlight her background as a foster parent, noting that she had cared for 23 young people during a seven year period.