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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Susie Lee (NV-03)

September 16, 2020

Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Susie Lee (Nev.-03) helped pass the following two bills in the House of Representatives to support, fund, and increase access to child care during the COVID-19 pandemic: 

  • Ensuring Children and Child Care Workers Are Safe Act, which would create grants for states to provide outreach, guidance, and technical support to child care providers. The bill would also require the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide educational materials and technical assistance to states related to the provision of child care services during COVID-19. 
     
  • Child Care Protection Improvement Act, which would create a task force to assist states in implementing employment requirements for child care workers under the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). 

“Over half of American families lack reasonable access to child care, and the pandemic is only making that worse,” said Rep. Lee. “Child care providers are struggling to keep their doors open during the pandemic because they often lack the resources to safely meet the new challenges created by COVID-19. For the two out of every three children in Nevada with full-time working parents, we can’t compromise on child care. That’s why we passed two bills to protect and expand access to safe and affordable child care during a time when child care services are absolutely essential.”

BACKGROUND: Yesterday, the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus (PSC)–which includes 25 Democrats and 25 Republicans, including U.S. Rep. Susie Lee (Nev.-03)–unveiled its “March to Common Ground” framework to help break the gridlock on the latest COVID-19 relief package and encourage negotiators to get back to the table. 

Among other items, the proposal includes $145 billion in school and child care funding and $500.3 billion in state and local aid. The full framework can found here.

Making Child Care a National Priority

Rep. Susie Lee has helped lead the charge in Congress to expand child care services for families during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • In August 2020, Rep. Lee hosted a roundtable with representatives of several Nevada child care organizations to discuss the need for child care support during the coronavirus pandemic. 
     
  • Rep. Lee helped introduce the Childcare for Economic Recovery Act, which provides ongoing federal investments and tax subsidies for working families, employers, and states, including making the child and dependent care tax credit (CDCTC) refundable. This bill was included as part of the Heroes Act, the COVID-19 relief package passed by the House of Representatives over four months ago. 
     
  • Reps. Susie Lee and Pete Stauber (R-Minn.-08) introduced the bipartisan Small Business Child Care Investment Act, which would grant non-profit child care providers access to the same types of Small Business Administration (SBA) loans available to for-profit businesses. 
     
  • On May 15, 2020, the House of Representatives passed the Heroes Act, which would provide critical support to children, families, and schools struggling to reopen safely due to the administration’s failed COVID-19 response, including:
    • Providing $7 billion for child care providers – the bill provides $7 billion for child care providers to serve individuals who are required to work during the public health emergency or to stay afloat during temporary closures, as well as providing childcare facilities with tuition relief.  
    • Increasing the maximum Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit level by 15 percent through September 2021. 
    • Adding $1.1 billion for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) through September 2020. 
    • Providing $20 million for CAPTA Title I and $20 million in CAPTA Title II to help state and local communities in their efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect because of the pandemic. 

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