Corporate Voices for Working Families and the American Business Collaboration (ABC) support legislation introduced Tuesday that, if passed, would make child care more accessible and affordable to working families.

Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) joined with Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) in a joint introduction of comprehensive child care legislation modeled on the pledge of President-elect Obama to bring relief to working families.

H.R. 460 and S. 210, the “Right Start Child Care and Education Act of 2009,” would increase the eligible expense ceiling for the Dependent Care Tax Credit (DCTC), while also adjusting the share of eligible expenses and modifying the qualifying income levels as to make it more generous for working families. It would also increase the cap on Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (DCFSA) to $7,500.

Donna Klein, President & Founder of Corporate Voices said:

“This is a much needed and overdue answer to help working families meet the escalating cost of child care. Congress should ensure that employees across the nation can afford quality care for their children and other dependents.”

By Allison Tomei