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Senate Panel Approves Boost in Child-Care Aid

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The Senate Finance Committee approved a welfare bill last week that would authorize increasing federal aid for child care by $6 billion over five years.

The bipartisan bill, approved by a voice vote, originally included authorization of $1 billion in new money for child care spread over five years, but that amount was increased to $6 billion over five years under an amendment offered by Sen. Olympia J. Snowe, R-Maine. The money would go to families on public assistance and those moving from welfare to work. The child-care provision is part of the proposed Personal Responsibility and Individual Development for Everyone bill, which would reauthorize the federal welfare program that was overhauled in 1996.

Vol. 24, Issue 27, Page 28

Published in Print: March 16, 2005, as Senate Panel Approves Boost in Child-Care Aid

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