Facts In Action
Bush Proposes Cuts to Child Care
April 9, President George W. Bush released his proposed budget for
2002, which includes a federal tax cut of $1.6 trillion over ten
years. While this proposal could seriously limit revenue currently
used for social programs, including early education and care, it
also presents an opportunity to expand the Child Tax Credit and
the Dependent Care Tax Credit, and to make both tax credits refundable
to further benefit low-income families.
addition to the tax cut, President Bush proposed a budget plan increasing
the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) by $200 million,
earmarking $400 million for after-school vouchers, which would in
effect cut funds for early education and care by $200 million. The
President's budget proposal would also eliminate the $20 million
allocated during the previous legislative session for the Early
Learning Opportunities Act (see Facts in Action, February 2001).
we go to press, both the House and the Senate have passed their
budget resolutions. Amendments to the Senate budget offered by Sen.
Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT) restore some
of the cuts to early education and care proposed by the President,
including the cuts mentioned above. The House and the Senate will
be in recess until April 23, when they will reconvene and attempt
to reconcile their budget proposals. For more information about
federal budget negotiations, contact the Children's Defense Fund
at (202) 628-8787, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or on-line at www.childrensdefense.org.
- process by which Congress develops a spending blueprint
for a given program, usually for a period of years (after
which the program comes up for reauthorization)
other federal news, Congress has begun the process of reauthorizing
the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), with committee
action expected in both the House and the Senate by mid-spring.
Proposed changes to the ESEA include expanding literacy initiatives
for early childhood programs. For more information on the ESEA reauthorization,
contact the National Association for the Education of Young Children
at (800) 424-2460 or on-line at www.naeyc.org.
Facts in Action, April 2001
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