Author: Jay Nichols

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President Sends Budget Request to Congress

Today, President Trump released his detailed FY 2018 budget request, which is a follow up from his “skinny budget” published in March. While the President’s request includes proposals that could benefit a number of families, it would be devastating for most low-income and working class parents and their children. The President’s budget request would severely… Read more »

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House Passes Legislation That Could Put Access to Health Care for Millions of Children and Families At Risk

On May 4, the House of Representatives barely passed H.R. 1628, the “American Health Care Act (AHCA) of 2017,” on a party-line vote. H.R. 1628 would replace the “Affordable Care Act of 2010,” and if enacted into law, it could result in more than 20 million people losing access to health insurance, as well as millions… Read more »

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Child Care Programs Fare Very Well in Budget Agreement

Earlier this week, Congress and the Administration agreed to a FY 2017 omnibus spending bill that will fund the federal government through September 30. The bill, which is expected to pass and be signed into law in the next couple of days, includes nearly $5 billion in new funding for early education and health programs…. Read more »

Trumps Tax Plan Fall Short of the Child Care Support Families Desperately Need

This week, the Trump Administration released a broad tax proposal to Congress which includes expanding the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) with the possibility of making it refundable. Child Care Aware® of America appreciates the Administration’s efforts to help families afford and have access to child care. However, as an organization committed to… Read more »

CCAoA Holds Child Care Briefing on Capitol Hill. Watch now.

Did you miss our child care policy briefing on March 23, 2017 for Congressional staffers on the issue of child care? Visit our Facebook page to see a recording of the live coverage. Approximately 45 congressional staffers attend the event when CCAoA discussed the state of public investments in child care and early childhood development… Read more »

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President Trump Proposes Elimination of Programs That Support Child Care

President Trump submitted his FY 2018 budget request to Congress. As expected, the President maintained his commitment to reducing all non-defense, discretionary programs by a total of $54 billion. However, his proposal includes cutting all federal support for two programs that are vital to low-income and working class communities; the 21st Century Community Learning Centers… Read more »

UPDATE: House withdraws ACA Repeal and Replace Legislation

UPDATED post: Last Friday afternoon, the House of Representatives withdrew a scheduled vote on H.R. 1628, the “American Health Care Act (AHCA) of 2017,” after it was very clear that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) did not have the votes for passage.  This came after a late-night deal of adding a provision to H.R. 1628… Read more »

Congressman Tom Price Confirmed as Next Secretary of Health and Human Services

Late last night, the Senate confirmed Georgia Congressman, Tom Price, as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) on a 52-47 party-line vote. Secretary Price will now oversee critical programs that support children and families including the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) and Head Start. In addition, he will also be a key… Read more »

Senate Confirms Betsy DeVos

Earlier today, the Senate confirmed President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, on a 51-50 vote with Vice-President Pence casting the deciding vote. This is the first time a sitting Vice-President has had to vote to confirm a cabinet nominee. Last month, Betsy DeVos had a very contentious nomination hearing with the Senate… Read more »

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Senators Introduce Bi-Partisan Legislation to Reform Child Care Tax Credits

Late last week, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Angus King (I-ME) introduced the Promoting Affordable Care for Everyone (PACE) Act of 2017. The goal of the PACE Act is to make these tax credits more generous for working and low-income families and reflect the rising cost of child care. This legislation would update several Federal… Read more »

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