Rep. Davis Joins House Members to Introduce the Child Care for Economic Recovery Act

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June 25, 2020
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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, I joined House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA), House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY), Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA), Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), and Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA) to introduce H.R. 7327, the Child Care for Economic Recovery Act, legislation to expand the availability of quality child care, help workers return to their jobs when it is safe, and enable America’s economy to recover from the COVID-19 recession.

The Child Care for Economic Recovery Act:

  • Enhances the child and dependent care tax credit;
  • Expands dependent care flexible spending accounts;
  • Creates a new tax credit to help employees access quality, affordable child care;
  • Provides a new refundable payroll tax credit for child care providers;
  • Incentivizes employers to keep child care workers on payroll with an expansion of the employee retention tax credit;
  • Increases funds for the Child Care Entitlement to States program;
  • Parlays federal investments into better child care options for working families;
  • Provides $850 million to states, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. territories to fill in gaps in dependent care for essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic; and
  • Invests $10 billion in infrastructure to improve child care safety

“Prior to the pandemic, federal funding only provided child care for one in six eligible children,” said Congressman Davis. “Parents in communities weighed down by poverty and systemic racism experienced a shortage of high-quality, affordable child care. Today, we face a global pandemic that has disproportionately infected and killed people in these same struggling communities, and the child care crisis we had before is now much, much worse. Now is the time for this Congress to take meaningful action to ensure that high-quality child care is available to all who need it.”

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Congressman Davis is the Chiarman of the Worker and Family Support Subcommittee on the House Ways and Means Committee