WSJ: Democrats Say They Will Keep Pressing on Paid Family Leave, Child-Care Subsidies

By Catherine Lucey and Natalie Andrews

Aug. 17, 2022

WASHINGTON—Democrats made programs such as universal prekindergarten and paid family leave a central part of their agenda, and yet none of those policies were included in the legislative package signed into law Tuesday by President Biden.

The $700 billion bill, known as the Inflation Reduction Act, doesn’t include child-care subsidies, prekindergarten, paid leave or the child tax credit. All were part of the president’s early proposals and were included in the original $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Bill, which was scaled back to win passage with just Democratic votes in the 50-50 Senate.

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