Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) kicked off the floor action on the bill earlier this morning and stated, “In the two decades since this important program was last authorized, we’ve learned a great deal about the importance of early childhood education and high-quality child care. This bipartisan measure builds on that knowledge, it updates health and safety standards for child-care centers and requires providers to undergo comprehensive background checks.” After moving onto roll-call votes for nominations and finishing those votes, the four Senators leading the effort took the floor for their opening remarks:
Excerpts from the remarks:
“Each year, the Child Care and Development Block Grant program helps more than 1.5 million low-income children nationwide, including 39,000 in Tennessee, have the kind of early learning and care that can help put them on the same starting line as other children. The program works because it supports parents going to work or getting an education, and gives them the freedom to choose the child care that is right for their family.”- Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
"Every family in America with children is concerned about child care. They wonder if it's available. They wonder if it's affordable. They worry if it's safe. And they're also concerned if it helps their children be ready to learn. These worries weigh heavily on the shoulders of parents everywhere. Our bill helps lift that burden – giving families and children the child care they need. This bill, as I said, is the product of bipartisan effort. Child care is something all families worry about regardless of zip code or income. This bill ensures that all children have the care that they need and deserve. What we did was focus on what these needs are. “- Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), the rest of the speech in its entirety can be seen here.
Senator Richard Burr’s (R-NC) Floor Speech in its entirety can be seen here.
Status of Amendments:
Tomorrow’s Floor Schedule and Timing
The Senate will reconvene Thursday morning at 9:30am and continue voting on amendments. Although Senate Majority Leader Reid mentioned that the vote may not occur until next week, Senators Burr and Mikulski have strongly stated that they expect the vote to happen Thursday around 2:00pm Eastern. We will keep you updated with all of the relevant information as it comes available.
It's your last chance to let your Senators know that they need to support S.1086.