Families earning less than 150 percent of their state’s median income would not pay more than 7 percent of their income on child care, under legislation congressional Democrats reintroduced Tuesday.
The bill is sponsored in the Senate by Patty Murray, D-WA, and in the House by Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott, D-VA.
Nevada Senators Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen are among more than 30 Democratic senators who have signed on as co-sponsors, a list that includes announced or probable presidential candidates Cory Booker, Sherrod Brown, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. No Republicans have signed on to support the bill.
Similar legislation was sponsored in 2017. In addition to promoting universal access to child care, the legislation also includes provision to increase compensation and training for child care workers.
Warren’s presidential campaign recently unveiled a separate proposal to provide free child care and preschool for any family making less than 200 percent of the poverty line. Costs would be capped at 7 percent of family income for everyone else. Warren would pay for her child care plan via another of her proposals, an “ultramillionaire tax” on wealth of people with a net worth of more than $50 million.