Senate Republicans continue to hammer away at President Biden’s Build Back Better plan

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Republicans in the Senate are continuing to hammer away at President Biden’s Build Back Better plan up for discussion.

The bill, which has already been passed by the House, would add lots of new spending for a plethora of programs, one of which would be help from providing working parents with affordable access to child care.

That was the topic on which Senate Republicans chose to focus on Wednesday, with Sen. Todd Young of Indiana saying the bill would in fact lessen the cost of child care, but that it would come at the cost of phasing out faith-based child care providers.

“The worst thing we could do is to put out of business our existing child care providers,” Young said. “Which is precisely what the Build Back Better plan would do. It would impose undue additional costs and requirements on our faith-based providers. Your YMCA’s, your church based providers.”

The proposal would save more than $5,000 in child care costs for two parents with one toddler earning around $100,000 a year. But, Young said that would be offset by the number of options that parents have or child care if faith-based providers are squeezed by the bill.

“This would be highly unpopular with Hoosier families and families across this country,” he said. “If you’re increasing demand at a time your decreasing supply, of course, your prices for care are going to go up.”

Indiana’s other senator, Mike Braun (R), continued to pound on what he believes is the fiscal irresponsibility of the bill.

“The American Rescue Plan sounds great. The Build Back Better plan sounds great,” Braun said. “We’re on a sugar high of government spending. The CBO, just took the real score on when you do something like this, and it’s closer to $3 trillion in additional debt, not $360 billion.

Braun has said all along that future generations will be strained to pay off the nation’s debt, which he says has grown from $18 trillion to $30 trillion in the time that he’s been in Congress.

Democrats have been pushing to try to bring the Build Back Better plan to a vote by Christmas, but that is looking more and more unlikely since they still don’t have the votes to pass it with a simple majority. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has been the key roadblock for Democrats since he has concerns about how the bill would impact already rising inflation.

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Charles U Farley December 17, 2021 at 1:44 pm

“Sen. Todd Young of Indiana saying the bill would in fact lessen the cost of child care”

The Todd is wrong again. It might lessen the amount coming out of the pockets of parents, but childcare would become far more expensive overall and the taxpayers (including the aforementioned parents) would end up footing the bill for the differene.

Slacker06 December 18, 2021 at 1:40 pm

Rip Van Todd is a worthless a US Senator for Hoosiers. I sincerely hope he is primaried by a real Constitution Loving Republican.. Every time a government subsidizes something the price goes u not down, especially when the items is not specifically authorized by the US Constitution. It isn’t your money Todd, it is our money and you have no Constitutional authority to spend it on child care. Article I, Section 8 is a list of the 18 things you can spend my money on. Child care is not among them. Neither is nearly 90% of the federal establishment governed from the DC swamp.

In another story on this site a woman from Lake Station is being hectored by the unemployment office to pay back $20K in federal unemployment she was previously approved to receive. Now after the fact the goons at unemployment have changed their minds. AFTER THE FACT!!!! What will Rip Van Todd do about that???


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