Author: Jay Nichols

Trump Administration Shares Additional Materials to Support Its FY 2020 Budget

On March 18, the Trump Administration published additional materials to support its FY 2020 budget request to Congress.  While the budget request includes proposals to address the child care crisis in the U.S., it falls well short of what is needed long-term.  Additionally, the President’s request includes proposals that would harm millions of working families… Read more »

Child Care Advocates Applaud Reintroduction of Child Care for Working Families Act

Earlier today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced the “Child Care for Working Families Act of 2019” on Capitol Hill.  At the press conference, Senator Murray was joined by Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Bob Casey (D-PA), as well as several parent advocates. The legislation is nearly identical to the 2017… Read more »

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New Child Care Affordability Legislation Introduced

New Hampshire Senator, Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), just reintroduced the “Right Start Child Care and Education Act,” which would help make child care more affordable for working class families by amending the federal tax code. Specifically, the Senator’s legislation proposes the following: Increase outdated dollar limits on child care expenses for families.  In particular, the bill… Read more »

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Congress Approves Bill That Provides Strong Support for Child Care Programs

Last night, the House of Representatives completed the FY 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill (it also includes the Department of Defense’s budget) that, once again, honors the two-year congressional budget agreement by prioritizing funding for early childhood and child care programs. The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) will… Read more »

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Congress Returns With a Full Agenda and Little Time to Act

Both the House and Senate returned to Washington, D.C. and have a total of 11 scheduled legislative days before September 30, which is the end of the current fiscal year. In order to avoid a shutdown, Congress must either finish all 12 FY 2019 appropriations bills in the next few weeks, which hasn’t happened in… Read more »

Senate Holds Hearing on Paid Family Leave for Working Families

On July 11, the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions and Family Policy hosted a hearing examining the importance of paid family leave.  Subcommittee Chairman, Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH) sponsored the hearing and witnesses included Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), along with Dr. Andrew Biggs from… Read more »

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Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY 2019, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill

Earlier today, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a FY 2019 spending package by a 30-1 vote that proposes funding levels for child care and other early childhood programs for next year. The bill includes $5.3 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), which is the same level the House Appropriations Committee proposed… Read more »

House Subcommittee Approves Appropriations Bill With Proposed Funding for ECE Programs

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education approved its FY 2019 appropriations bill that includes proposed funding levels for child care and other early childhood programs. The Subcommittee includes $5.2 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), which is the same level as FY 2018.  While this… Read more »

Congress Passes Tax Reform Legislation that Could Harm Millions of Children and Families

Earlier today, the House of Representatives approved the Senate-passed tax reform legislation which will overhaul the tax code for the first time since the mid-1980s. President Trump is expected to sign this bill into law soon. The bill doubles the Child Tax Credit (CTC), however, only higher income families would receive the majority of the… Read more »

House Tax Reform Package Approved in Committee and Senate Proposal Released

Earlier today, the House Ways and Means Committee approved H.R. 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017” on a party-line vote. While proposals to expand and enhance the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) were not included in the amended version, the proposal to eliminate Dependent Care Flexible Savings Accounts was overturned…. Read more »

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