Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act. Allows Americans to deduct childcare and elder care from their taxes, incentivizes employers to provide on-side childcare services, and creates tax-free Dependent Care Savings Accounts for both young and elderly dependents, with matching contributions for low-income families.
Why it’s Wrong: How President Trump plans to pay for this plan remains unanswered, but it is clear that it will be yet another benefit for the wealthy. Families in need would have to wait to receive relief just once a year, even though childcare costs are an around-the-clock expense. And although it calls for six weeks of paid maternity leave, the plan excludes fathers — an omission which often backfires by lowering women’s chances of being hired, promoted, and given raises.
How to Help: Next time your Representative or Senators come around for a town hall, ask them if they support this legislation. If they do, follow up with something along the lines of this: “How are you going to pay for the Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act, and why isn’t paternity leave included?”
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