|Wednesday, July 29, 2020|
Floor Schedule and Procedure:
Under a Rule (3 bills):
H.Res. ___ – Rule Providing for Consideration of H.R. 7617 – Defense, Commerce, Justice, Science, Energy and Water Development, Financial Services and General Government, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2021 (Rep. Lowey – Appropriations)
Complete Consideration of H.R. 7027 – Child Care Is Essential Act (Rep. DeLauro – Appropriations/Education and Labor)
This bill provides robust investments to ensure that child care providers are able to stay open during the pandemic. It creates a $50 billion Child Care Stabilization Fund, providing grant funding to child care providers to stabilize the child care sector and supporting providers to safely reopen and operate. These grants will support providers’ ability to maintain employee benefits and salaries; follow Center for Disease Control and Prevention health and safety guidelines in the classroom; train employees on health and safety standards; make mortgage, rent, and utility payments; and modify child care services as needed as a result of the pandemic.
Click here for a summary from Rep. DeLauro’s Office.
Complete Consideration of H.R. 7327 – Child Care for Economic Recovery Act (Rep. Lowey – Appropriations/Ways and Means)
This bill provides emergency funding to address the critical child care-related needs of essential workers during the pandemic. It includes an additional $850 million in funding for the Social Services Block Grant and $10 billion in funding for the Child Care Development Fund, providing targeted support to essential workers who need access to funds for child care and adult day care and providing grants to states to adapt, expand, and reconfigure child care facilities and infrastructure in response to coronavirus.
The bill also makes the child and dependent care tax credit fully refundable and increases the maximum credit rate to 50%; increases the guaranteed funding level for the Child Care Entitlement to States from $2.9 billion to $10 billion per year from FY 2020 through FY 2024 and waives the requirement that states match the new funding in 2020 and 2021; and provides a 50% refundable payroll tax credit for rent, mortgage, and utility costs, incurred by qualified child care facilities subject to closure.
Click here for a section-by-section from the Appropriations and Ways and Means Committees.
Suspensions (2 bills):
This bill continues the bipartisan tradition of moving a new water resources development act every two years to respond to local water resource needs and to ensure continued Congressional oversight over the Corps. Specifically, it authorizes the construction of all 34 pending Corps Chief’s Reports and 35 feasibility studies, and it directs the Corps to complete five comprehensive river basin studies and to expedite the completion of 42 feasibility studies currently underway. H.R. 7575 also reforms the process for the development of future Corps projects with a goal to make projects more resilient and affordable to rural and economically disadvantaged communities.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something.”