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US House approves $60B to help child care providers

$50B expected to pass to help childcare providers
$50B expected to pass to help childcare providers(WCAX)
Published: Jul. 31, 2020 at 12:30 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 31, 2020 at 11:31 AM EDT
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BENNINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - The U.S. House Wednesday approved two bills that will provide upward of $60 billion to child care providers around the country.

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vermont, was in Bennington at Sunrise Family Resource Center on Thursday to discuss child care. He says with students returning to school part time and the state lacking child care, some parents can’t go back to work.

Welch says the Child Care is Essential Act provides $50 billion. The Child Care Economic Recovery Act makes child care affordable for families with incomes up to $120,000 and eligible for refundable tax credits.

Welch says if approved by the Senate, the measures will create lasting benefits for the country and Vermont.

“It’s the first time that Congress, the House has passed a comprehensive bill that acknowledges the absolutely critical role of child care and the well-being of our families,” Welch said.

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