Linda Sánchez and Mike Kelly Introduce Bipartisan Working Families Relief Act

May 22, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representatives Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA) and Mike Kelly (R-PA), members of the House Ways and Means Committee, today introduced the Working Families Relief Act (H.R. 2879) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The legislation would increase the maximum amount that employees can set aside in the Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP) accounts to help families defray the ever-increasing cost for quality childcare. H.R. 2879 would raise the cap from $5,000 to $10,500 and index it for inflation. It would also incentivize employers to offer DCAP programs and match employee contributions.

Statement by Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-CA):

“As a working mom, I understand that every working parent wants to be able to do it all. However, we often have to make sacrifices in both our personal lives and our careers just to keep up. I know that even a little help can make a world of difference for a hard-working family. The Working Families Relief Act seeks to make childcare a little more affordable for working families. I look forward to working with my friend Rep. Mike Kelly to pass this important legislation on behalf of hardworking Americans.”

Statement by Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA):

“Starting a family is an exciting time in life. As a father of four and grandfather of ten, I know how wonderful it is. I also know that it’s expensive, and millions of American families are looking for ways to make ends meet while providing quality care for their kids while they are at work. We should do everything we can to ease that burden on working parents, which is why I am a proud sponsor of the Working Families Relief Act!”

Statement by Mark Shriver, president of Save the Children Action Network:

“High-quality learning programs are critical for parents and their children. When parents are working, they need to know their children are safe while children need a nurturing and stimulating place to learn and grow. Unfortunately, for many families, this kind of quality care is unaffordable. Expanding access to the Dependent Care Assistance Program and making sure it better reflects the cost of care ensures that more working families can benefit from this program and give their children a strong start in life. I want to thank Representatives Linda Sanchez and Mike Kelly for leading on the Working Families Relief Act in the House.”