Two U.S. senators push a more modest proposal on child care

By Karen D’Souza


Under the proposal from Murray and Kaine, the government would invest between $150 billion and $200 billion to rescue the struggling sector over 10 years, far less than the Biden plan, which failed to pass in the Senate. The bulk of the newly proposed spending would go through the Child Care Development and Block Grant, which states use to subsidize child care for low- and sometimes middle-income families. The proposal would triple the block grant’s usual funding, according to a new analysis from the Center on Law and Social Policy, allowing it to reach at least 1 million more kids while also setting aside some funds for beleaguered providers.

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