A resolution passed by the U.S. House of Representatives requires that any new child care legislation include benefits for stay-at-home parents. Rep. Rosa DeLauor (D-Conn) commented, “I regret that this resolution has chosen to focus on one group of parents.”
The resolution is a rebuttal to President Clinton’s $21.7 billion child care initiative which would grant tax credits and subsidies to working parents. Although the resolution did not present particular policies benefitting stay-at-home and working parents, some Republicans are suggesting an across-the-board tax cut. Donna Shalala, Secretary of Health and Human Services, maintains that tax cuts would give little aid to poorer working families who often owe no taxes.