Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn) wants federal block grants to buy diapers and “diapering supplies” for child-care facilities. It’s the Great Diaper Derby of 2011. The race to the finish line will end at midnight on November 6th, 2012. The big question: how many votes can be bought with diapers?
The bill, S. 1778, would amend the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 to allow diapers and related supplies to be bought with grant money provided to states. Under current law, the money is meant to subsidize child-care services to parents who are entering the labor force or are in job training and education programs. It also helps subsidize child-care services for certain eligible families. Source: The Hill
In 2011, the program received $5 BILLION, and another $2 BILLION in 2009 stimulus funds. The monies are distributed to all 57 50 states. Note that only 4% of the funds must be devoted to improving the “quality” of child care.
Will the dollar amount of the block grants be increased? We don’t know. The bill language has not been released. So far there are only rumors that Senator Al Franken will sponsor Blumenthals’ legislation.