Congresswoman Elaine Luria Supports Critical Child Care Bills During COVID-19

July 30, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Yesterday, Congresswoman Luria voted in support of two bills to provide economic relief to child care providers and support for parents in need of child care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As a mother, I know how critical it is that we provide adequate resources for child care providers and ensure the safety of our children,” said Congresswoman Luria. “As parents return to work, our economic recovery will depend on a meaningful investment in child care.”

The Child Care Is Essential Act (H.R. 7027) provides $50 billion for the Child Care Stabilization Fund to award grants to child care providers to help pay for sanitation, training, and other costs associated with reopening a child care center in the time of COVID-19. The Child Care for Economic Recovery Act (H.R. 7327) increases and makes refundable the child and dependent care tax credit, provides $10 billion in funding to help states assess long-term structural challenges that child care centers may face during COVID-19, and enables states’ child care agencies to increase support for child care through $850 million in Social Services Block Grant funding.

Congresswoman Luria has been a staunch advocate for parents in need of care for their children and child care providers. During a House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee hearing last year, the Congresswoman questioned witnesses on a recent report stating that there were only 20 spots for overnight child care for Navy families at the U.S. Navy facility in Norfolk and no DoD childcare facility for military families stationed at Wallops Island.

 Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the Vice Chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee.