Author: Jay Nichols

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 »

The House just introduced their tax reform package

House Unveils Tax Reform Package

Yesterday, House Republican leadership introduced the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.”  This anticipated legislation is designed to reform the tax code for the first time since the 1980s, including changes to deductions and tax credits. Child Care Aware® of America supports initiatives by Congress that would strengthen and expand tax credits that support… Read more »

Senate Approves Budget Resolution

The Senate just passed its FY 2018 budget resolution on a 51-49 vote. Before final passage, the Senate adopted an amendment from Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Budget Committee, that removes the House-passed Budget resolution’s instructions of $203 billion in mandatory spending cuts and replaces it with a deficit-neutral tax cut that could… Read more »

Congress Will Miss Deadline on Extending Funding for Children’s Health Insurance and Home Visiting Programs

With the authorization of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) initiative expiring tomorrow, September 30, Congress will miss the deadline for extending these critical programs. Unfortunately, this lapse in funding could put many programs at-risk of closing and deny children access to health… Read more »

Student Parents Add Child Care to Their School Supply Lists

Unfortunately, students with children are especially unlikely to complete higher education programs within six years of enrollment and only 33 percent of those students will earn a degree or certification in that time. When compared to families with low-incomes, the disparity is even greater. Student parents devote more than 30 hours per week to dependent care and… Read more »

New Bill Would Make Affordable Child Care a Reality for All Families

Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced the “Child Care for Working Families Act of 2017.”  This legislation would greatly assist millions of families in gaining access to quality and affordable care. Child care plays an important role in the economy, helping to generate 15 million jobs and more than $500… Read more »

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Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Bill That Protects Funding for Child Care

Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill. Unlike the House version, the Senate bill does not propose any spending cuts to programs that support child care including the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) and the Child Care Access Means Parents in School… Read more »

House Appropriations Committee Proposes Funding Increase for CCDBG Next Year

Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Appropriations Bill, and it included a proposed $4 million increase for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), roughly $2.86 billion for FY 2018. In addition, Head Start would receive $9.275 billion, a increase of $22 million from this… Read more »

UPDATE – Senate Unveils Draft Health Care Repeal Legislation

Earlier today, the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), released a third version of the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA),” that would change or eliminate major provisions of the federal health care law. Despite efforts made by Majority Leader McConnell to secure enough votes for passage, the latest version of BCRA would still fundamentally… Read more »

military families and child care providers

Senators Introduce Bi-Partisan Legislation Giving Military Families More Child Care Support and Flexibility

Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) recently introduced legislation that would help provide more child care support and flexibility to military families. The “Availability of Child Care for Every Servicemember and Spouse (ACCESS) Act of 2017” would apply to child care facilities on military bases and installations, as well as community providers. Today,… Read more »

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