What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : Children : S. Con. Res. 23. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Vote to Help Low-Income Parents Secure Jobs By Increasing Funding for Child Care Services. (2003 senate Roll Call 90)
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S. Con. Res. 23. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Vote to Help Low-Income Parents Secure Jobs By Increasing Funding for Child Care Services.
senate Roll Call 90     Mar 25, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

For lower-income workers, the costs of child care are often prohibitive. In an effort to increase its availability, Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) proposed an amendment to the 2004 budget resolution that would have provided $9.1 billion in federal spending over ten years for child care. Progressives supported Bingaman's proposal because child care costs should not impede individuals from finding work. Moreover, the Bush Administration has proposed legislation increasing the work-related requirements for welfare recipients. Without adequate child care services, however, welfare recipients would lose their benefits unless they left their children unattended during working hours. Bingaman's amendment attracted the support from every Democrat but was narrowly defeated on a 49-50 vote.

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