One of the biggest problems for working families across the U.S. is the lack of access to affordable child care. The exorbitant cost can cause severe stress on Americans’ finances and as of now, there’s no federal policy on the issue. Sen. Patty Murray wants to change that.
On Thursday, the Washington Democrat and Rep. Bobby Scott from Virginia introduced the Child Care For Working Families Act aiming to make high quality child care more affordable. One of the main goals is to ensure that families who make less than 150% of their state’s median income are not spending more than 7% of their income on child care. To achieve this, it would increase the amount of federal funding for child care centers.