The House passed a bill to overhaul child care for low-income families Monday, and it will likely become law before the end of the year.
Lobbyists and advocates say they didn’t expect the House and Senate, which passed its version of the bill earlier this year, to successfully broker the child care deal during this Congress. But with legislators on both sides of the aisle eager to score points during an election and high-profile education lawmakers retiring at the end of this Congress, legislators managed to strike a deal they announced Friday.
The House quickly took the bill up under suspension of the rules “because we recognize the importance of getting this done this year” and because there’s a “growing national consensus” around early education, House Education and the Workforce Committee ranking member George Miller said on the House floor Monday.
Under the bill, called the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act, low-income families receive assistance from the program mostly in the form of the vouchers, which they can use at a child care facility of their choice, including religious institutions.