Shaheen reintroduces bill to make child care more affordable

January 21, 2019 GMT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has reintroduced legislation to make child care more affordable and accessible by reforming the federal tax code.

The Democrat’s bill would increase outdated dollar limits on child care expenses for families; make the child care tax credit fully refundable; create a tax credit for educated child care professionals; and boost support for businesses that provide child care benefits for employees.

Shaheen said affordable child care continues to be a significant obstacle for American families.

Bill co-sponsors include Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Brian Schatz of Hawaii, and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.