RELEASE: SENATE REPUBLICANS PLAY POLITICAL GAMES WITH MILITARY CHILD CARE BILL
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 14, 2015
SENATE REPUBLICANS PLAY POLITICAL GAMES WITH MILITARY CHILD CARE BILL
CARSON CITY - Today, Senate Republicans refused to give Senate Bill 359 an up or down vote on the Senate Floor. The bill creates a preference in child care placement for military families and previously passed the Senate Health and Human Services Committee unanimously. Republicans voted down a Democratic motion to bring the bill up for a floor vote.
Sen. Pat Spearman, the bill’s sponsor and a 29 year veteran of the United States Army, made the following statement:
“As a veteran, I’m extremely offended that my Republican colleagues would play political games with the welfare of military families. Military families pay a high emotional and financial price while their loved ones are on active duty. The strain only gets worse if a family member goes missing or is killed. The least we can do is take basic steps to ease those families’ burden by giving them preferential access to child care.”
Senate Bill 359 requires that child care facilities give a preference for admission to children who have a parent or guardian that is 1. currently serving on active duty, 2. was killed or died as a direct result of injuries received while serving honorably on active duty, or 3. is a prisoner of war or reported missing in action while on active duty.
The Department of Defense reported to the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission that, as of September 2014, more than 11,000 military children were on waiting lists for child care across the country. The lack of access to child care can lead to our troops and their families forgoing opportunities for spouse employment or education. It can also lead to difficulty in meeting demanding military work schedules.
According to the Department of Defense, April is the Month of the Military Child.