Senate Passes Child Care Bill (Politico)

– A child care bill 18 years in the making passed the Senate on Thursday in a vote (97 to 1) that lawmakers hope is a symbol of more compromise and collaboration to come.  Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) painstakingly crafted the update to the child care law over the course of two years, and in recent weeks, the senators — along with Sens. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) — have held it up as a return to regular order in a bitterly divided Senate. The law, the Child Care and Development Block Grant, helps states provide child care to low-income families. Read More