Democrats on the House Financial Services Committee are pushing President Donald Trump to push through a second executive order that would boost spending on childcare by $2,000 a year for all families and expand childcare access across the country.
Democrats in the House Finance Committee are urging Trump to act on a second order that will create $2 million for childcare access for parents.
The order will be submitted to the White House as a supplemental appropriations bill that funds the federal government for four months.
This is part of the GOP push to pass the so-called Ponzi Scheme Protection Act, which aims to make sure the government does not have a financial incentive to provide tax breaks to the wealthiest.
Senate Democrats are also pushing the president to take executive action on a $2 billion fund to assist low-income families with childcare expenses, as well as a $4 billion program to assist the homeless.
House Democrats are urging the administration to create a new emergency supplemental appropriations measure that will cover the federal deficit and be used to address the crisis in health care.
While Republicans have sought to avoid a shutdown in order to pass a second $2 trillion supplemental appropriations budget, the Trump administration has said it will not wait for Democrats to act before it takes action on the supplemental budget.
“This is not a matter for the Democrats, it’s a matter of the American people,” Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said on Tuesday.
Trump’s first budget proposal for 2018 called for $4 trillion in supplemental appropriations for health care, $4.7 trillion for the National Institutes of Health, $2.3 trillion for Amtrak, $1.7 billion for the U.S. Postal Service, $945 million for NASA, $3.9 billion for Amtrak for the first year of the Ponzia Scheme Protection Initiative, $900 million for the White Houses Office of Emergency Management and $2 for every $1 in the supplemental appropriations that Trump proposes for childcare.
“There are a number of reasons that we are not going to be able to pass this supplemental appropriation,” Schiff said.
Rep. Nita Lowey, D.N.Y., said the administration should make childcare the priority.
“They have made it a priority, but I think the most important priority is to make childcare more affordable,” Lowey said.
The supplemental appropriations would be used for childcare expenses and other costs.
The White House has said that it wants to provide more flexibility to the states, but many Democrats have criticized the administration for not providing more funding for childcare subsidies.
“We know the administration is going to take the lead in childcare, and they are working with states and localities to expand their options,” Schiff told The Hill.
“And they are making the case that they are going to do this by giving them a little bit more money, but also by making childcare more available to all parents.”
Rep. John Lewis, D.-Ga., called on Trump to take action on childcare.
“This is a critical issue.
I don’t think we can sit here and continue to say this is the best thing for families.
It’s a question of fairness, of equity, of dignity,” Lewis said.
“We must stop the insanity of the president saying that he will cut childcare spending by $1,500 for every dollar in supplemental funding that we’re going to provide to his own administration.
That is insane,” Lewis added.
Rep. Ted Lieu, D., also on the committee, said the supplemental appropriation would be a way for the administration “to say ‘we are not a hostage to a bunch of millionaires who have to get out of their houses in order for their families to have a decent, decent life.'”
“This supplemental appropriation is a way to help families.
That’s what we’re asking for,” Lieu said.