Proposals to reform face-to-face parenting support
Democrats’ plans to transform the way the United States supports children and families as a way to promote women’s participation in the workforce appear likely to face significant cuts as progressives seek a compromise with centrist refractories trying to reduce the party’s huge package of social infrastructure.
President BidenJoe Biden White House: United States Donated 200 Million COVID-19 Vaccines Globally Police recommend charges against four people over Sinema bathroom protest. said in meetings with Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday that a federal guarantee for paid family leave could be reduced from 12 weeks to four, while the child tax credit could only be extended for another year instead 2025, as proposed by House Democrats.
But the two proposed cuts quickly met resistance on Wednesday from progressives and moderates in the NDP coalition, who prioritized a longer extension of the child tax credit.
Chair of the House Appropriations Committee Rosa DeLauroRosa DeLauro On the money – Democrats consider tough choices as deadline approaches Under pressure, Democrats cut spending from Fox’s Bill Hemmer to Democrat: “Do you see yourself as a capitalist or a socialist? ” FOLLOWING (D-Conn.) Said extending the child tax credit for only one year would be “a big mistake.”
“What I’m going to do is keep pushing for a new, more sustainable framework for children and for families,” DeLauro said.
The United States, meanwhile, remains the only industrialized country in the world without a national paid parental leave policy. And while four weeks of guaranteed paid leave would be a significant step back from the current status quo of zero weeks, progressives argue it’s not enough, given that physical recovery after childbirth often takes six weeks or more. .
The law in force which allows some workers to take unpaid family leave without risk of losing their job provides for up to 12 weeks. And other countries offer much more generous paid parental leave policies, some, like Estonia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Japan, Austria, Norway and Slovenia, allowing more than one year.
“What I said to the president yesterday is that I would really prefer to have a shorter number of years, but a longer number of weeks – stick to 12 weeks – because we, as women, let’s understand that four weeks is not enough, ”said the representative. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalBudowsky: Reconciliation Starts Gradual Democratic Renaissance Across White House in US: Window to Finalize Broad “Firm” Budget Package Jayapal Says Tuition-Free Community College “Likely Not” in Plan of expenses PLUS (D-Wash.), Leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
“And families understand that. It’s not just women, of course, ”Jayapal added.
Another progressive, Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaOvernight Defense & National Security – Brought to you by Raytheon Technologies – Navy probe reveals disastrous response to ship fires Overnight Energy & Environment – Presented by American Petroleum Institute – Democrats pledge to maintain emissions cuts Democrats cut spending Under pressure MORE (D-Calif.) Said that allocating just four weeks of paid family leave “just doesn’t make sense.”
“I mean, you can’t have four weeks for someone who’s pregnant or who’s on maternity leave. It just doesn’t make sense. So we have to increase the weeks of this – something the caucus is pushing for, ”Khanna said.
More than 100 House Democrats and 15 of their Senate counterparts each wrote letters on Tuesday urging Biden to ensure the party’s social spending program includes provisions for paid family and medical leave. Notably, however, none of the Democratic groups have made specific requests for the number of weeks of leave to be allocated.
“This is one of our main political priorities in this historic legislation. Just as we need roads and bridges, we need paid vacations, affordable and accessible child care, and the expanded child tax credit, to ensure our families have a full range of necessary supports ”, declared the senators, led by the senator. Kirsten gillibrandKirsten Gillibrand Democrats cut spending under pressure (DN.Y.), who introduced legislation to guarantee up to 12 weeks of paid family leave, wrote in the letter.
Other proposals designed to strengthen child care programs approved by House committees appear to be intact at this time. This includes universal preschool education as well as providing funds to increase the wages of child care workers and capping childcare co-payments for low- and middle-income families at 7% of their income.
But in addition to reducing the duration of the expanded child tax credit, which was first adopted as part of Biden’s COVID-19 relief plan earlier this year, it can also be reduced to limit the eligibility of families.
Axios first reported earlier this week that key centrist Sen. Joe manchinJoe ManchinK Street income boom Biden defends economic plan as Democrats reduce ambitions On The Money – Democrats contemplate tough choices as deadline draws MORE (DW.Va.) is pushing for the extended child tax credit to include a work requirement and an income cap of around $ 60,000.
Manchin would be prepared to guarantee that the universal nursery school is free for all, as is already the case in his country of origin.
But the idea of a means-tested child tax credit is met with reluctance from progressives as well as moderates in the House, including members of the NDP business-friendly coalition.
representing Steven horsfordSteven Alexander HorsfordHarris will highlight drought and climate change during a trip to Nevada. (D-Nev.), A member of the NDP Coalition, estimated that 97 percent of families with children in his district currently receive the child tax credit and rejected the idea of reducing that amount.
“I’m trying to make sure that all of that advantage remains,” Horsford told reporters. “I told the president it was do or die.”
The NDP Coalition as a whole has also lobbied for more certainty in the policies that are enacted in legislation by prioritizing fewer programs that last longer, rather than allowing more “cliffs” where benefits could expire in the absence of congressional action.
“Short-term cliffs make it very difficult to keep things going,” said Rep. Suzan DelBeneSuzan Kay DelBene Powerful Democrats push back one-year extension of the child tax credit Democrats disagree with Manchin on the provision of the child tax credit Democrats want to support working women, but face choices tortuous MORE (D-Wash.), Who chairs the New Democrat Coalition.
“Children don’t grow up in a year. They have to have a policy that is going to be there and that they can count on. “