Linda Sánchez Introduces Amendment that Expands Child Care Benefit for Working Families
Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Linda T. Sánchez (CA-38), a member of the Ways and Means Committee, today introduced an amendment to H.R. 5861, that would double funding for the Child Care Entitlement to States (CCES) program. This critical program provides funding for states to spend on quality child care for parents who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) so that more workers can balance the dual responsibilities of work and caring for their families. The Ways and Means Committee Republicans blocked the Sánchez amendment.
“If we want to get individuals who are down on their luck back to work, we need to provide them with tools that help them find and keep a job, and earn better wages,” Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Linda Sánchez said about her amendment. “Families that can’t afford child care, also can’t afford to stop working. We need to make a responsible investment to help hard-working families get back into the workforce and ensure that children have quality child care. My amendment would provide $5.8 billion in funding, to enable hundreds of thousands of additional families to receive child care and allow those parents to get back in the workforce.”
In 2016, 92% of TANF families were single-parent households. The Sánchez Amendment doubles funding for the Child Care Entitlement to States (CCES) program. The CCES program distributes mandatory funding for states to spend on quality child care for TANF recipients in compliance with Child Care Development Block Grant rules and quality standards. Child care costs have skyrocketed in recent years, costing families over $10,000 per year on average. Because of this heavy burden, many families face the impossible decision of choosing between working and caring for their child.