Senate set to work on childcare bill next week

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) set up a procedural vote for next week on a bill to increase access to childcare.

Leaders on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee wrote the Child Care Development Block Grant reauthorization bill last year.

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S.1086 provides block grants to states to help low-income families obtain childcare, and authorizes funds through fiscal 2019. The bipartisan bill easily passed out of committee.

Reid said because the bill has bipartisan support, he hoped the procedural vote to end debate on a motion to proceed wouldn’t be necessary next Wednesday.

“I have every assurance from my Republican colleagues that that vote won’t be necessary,” Reid said before adjourning the Senate Thursday. “I believe that will be the case.”

The bill ensures that states are using adequate funds to help low-income families provide childcare and that the childcare facilities have proper healthcare training and conduct background checks for workers among other things.

The Senate won't begin work on that bill until Wednesday because lawmakers will be spending most of Monday and Tuesday approving executive and judicial nominations.

Reid filed cloture motions on more than five nominees. A list follows:

— Debo Adegbile to be Assistant Attorney General;

— Pedro Hernandez to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico;

— Pamela Reeves to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee;

— Timothy Brooks to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Arkansas;

— Vince Chhabria to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California; and

— Rose Gottemoeller to be Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security