Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Applauds the Administration for Its Commitment to Universal Child Care
February 29, 2024
WASHINGTON — Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, issued the following statement on the Biden-Harris administration’s announcement that the cost of child care will be capped at no more than seven percent of a family’s income for those enrolled in the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program:
“Today’s announcement is a historic milestone in the fight for universal child care. This rule to cap the cost of child care in the CCDBG program at no more than seven percent of household income will save more than 100,000 low-income families hundreds of dollars a month. This policy was part of the vision championed by the Congressional Progressive Caucus and our movement allies for nationwide universal child care, and which was embraced by every House Democrat in 2021 in the Build Back Better Act. Rent and child care continue to be among the biggest cost burdens on working families, so the finalization of this rule couldn’t be more timely.
“We urge the administration to quickly implement this policy, and we look forward to continuing the work to lower costs for everyday Americans and ensure that no family in this country pays more than seven percent of their income for child care.”