Republican nominee Donald Trump told supporters late Tuesday that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton doesn’t have a child care plan — Clinton fired back on Twitter saying that’s false.
Trump asserted in his stump speech that child care is the largest expense for many families. “Yet, very little meaningful policy work has been done in this area — and my opponent has no childcare plan,” the GOP nominee said.
“It’s literally right here: hrc.io/2cCVg1S,” Clinton tweeted.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
Clinton’s proposals include mandatory free preschool for all children within 10 years. Also proposed are “investments” that would enable families to pay no more than 10 percent of income for child care. Clinton believes Democrats can improve child care quality by raising mandatory minimum wages for workers in the industry.
Further, Clinton wants to award scholarships to 1 million students each at $1,500 in need-based financial aid to fund programs. The former secretary of state also wants to expand child care programs to colleges to help mothers earning degrees.
Trump argues that current policies regarding childcare hold families back. “Raising a child is now the single greatest expense for most American families—even exceeding the cost of housing in much of the country. Almost two-thirds (64 percent) of mothers with children under 6 are working outside of the home,” the official campaign website states.
The Trump campaign asserts five key goals in its proposal, according to its website:
- Help every family with the costs of childcare and eldercare
- Empower families to choose the care that is right for their family
- Create a new, dynamic market for family-based and community based solutions
- Incentivize employers to provide childcare at the workplace
- Provide 6 weeks of paid leave to new mothers before returning to work
To meet those goals, Trump wants to make childcare costs tax-deductible, develop a childcare savings account for every family that they can use wherever they choose, provide tax incentives to employers who offer childcare programs, and finally, provide a “temporary unemployment benefit” of guaranteed maternity leave for six weeks.
“His ‘maternity leave’ plan is demeaning and damaging as it’s only available to women, not sufficient to provide support to working families and paid for by raiding unemployment insurance,” Clinton senior policy advisor Maya Harris told The Hill.
“His so-called child care plan could only be the brainchild of someone living in the penthouse of Trump Tower, leaving millions of middle class and working families with no support or pennies on the dollar while carving out a regressive tax break to pay for nannies and private schools.”
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