11.13.14

TODAY: BURR, MIKULSKI TO URGE SENATE PASSAGE OF THEIR BIPARTISAN BILL TO HELP AMERICAN FAMILIES ACCESS SAFE, AFFORDABLE AND QUALITY CHILD CARE

Senators introduced bipartisan legislation to support CCDBG which serves more than 1.5 million children every month

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, November 13, 2014 at approximately 3:30p.m., immediately following votes, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), senior members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, will call on the Senate to pass the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014. The Senate is scheduled to take a procedural cloture vote on the legislation on Thursday prior to the press conference. A vote on final passage is expected to occur late this week or early next.

An earlier version of the legislation, introduced by Senators Burr and Mikulski, together with Senators Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), unanimously passed the Senate HELP Committee, passed the Senate by a vote of 96-2, and was unanimously approved by the House of Representatives in September after certain negotiated changes were made. The modified bill must now pass the Senate again before being sent to the President to become law.

The CCDBG reauthorization bill incorporates feedback and suggestions provided to the Committee since 2012. The bipartisan and bicameral legislation promotes high quality care by reserving funds at the state level to improve the quality of care provided to children, enhances states’ ability to train providers, and develop safer and more effective child care services. The bill enhances parental choice by providing information about available care options from all providers, including faith-based and community-based providers, and allowing parents to choose the child care provider that best suits their family’s needs. Finally, the legislation ensures that all providers comply with state health, safety and fire standards and undergo annual inspections and background checks.

The text of the bill is available here.

WHO:            U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Senate HELP Committee senior member and former Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Children and Families

U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Senate HELP Committee senior member and former Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Children and Families

WHEN:          Thursday, November 13, 2014

                          Approximately 3:30p.m. – Immediately following votes

WHERE:       Senate Radio/Television Gallery (S-325)

U.S. Capitol

Washington, D.C. 20515