Senate approves bill to cut funding for child development jobs
The Senate on Monday approved a $10 billion package to support child development education, as the GOP-controlled chamber prepares to vote on legislation that would cut federal funding to states for child-care services and other initiatives.
The bill would fund the creation of child development job training and supports programs that help children learn in a safe and responsible manner, as well as provide tax credits to help low-income families afford child care.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) hailed the legislation, which he said would provide a critical boost to child development employment in America, while President Donald Trump praised the measure.
Senate Republicans on Monday also passed a $4.5 billion bill to improve mental health services for the nation’s veterans, which they say will help the nation recover from the effects of the pandemic.
The House passed a bill that would end mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses, but the Senate passed a separate bill that reduces those sentences to a minimum.
Trump on Tuesday called the bipartisan bill “the best deal I’ve seen on crime in a long time.”
The legislation would lower the sentencing of certain drug offenders to a maximum of 10 years, instead of life in prison.
President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2019.
Trump is expected to sign the bill into law on Friday.
The legislation, however, must be reconciled with the Senate’s version.
President Trump listens to testimony on the opioid crisis in the Oval Office on Monday.
The opioid epidemic has claimed nearly 4,500 lives in the United States since the start of this year.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers are working to reduce the sentencing guidelines for some nonviolent drug offenders, but critics say that the measure would only affect nonviolent drug offenses.
The legislation would also end mandatory sentencing for gun crimes, a measure that Trump has been fiercely criticized for.
Trump has called for a “total and complete shutdown” of the federal government in response to the epidemic, which has claimed more than 40,000 lives.
The bill would also make it a federal crime to possess a firearm on federal property.