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Foxx, Burr Press HHS on Child Care Funds

Today, Education and Labor Committee Republican Leader Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Republican Leader Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) penned a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra urging him to provide details on the department’s spending guidance for states’ regarding child care funds in the American Rescue Plan. The letter comes after Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Hamm was recently featured at an event titled “Spend Every Dime,” with a described purpose “to ensure that child care relief dollars are spent quickly.”
In the letter, the Members write: “In the last 12 months, States have received an unprecedented influx of new federal child care funds. States now face the daunting challenge of obligating and spending these one-time funds in a manner that sustainably stabilizes the child care sector without creating a massive future funding cliff for providers and families.” The Members continue: “Please provide a detailed summary of the agency’s position regarding the concept of spending funds quickly as a means to justify increased future appropriations. Further, please confirm how the agency is ensuring taxpayer funds are properly respected and protected against fraud and abuse and please provide a detailed description of the agency’s plan for state oversight of these new federal funds for child care.”

To read the full letter to Secretary Becerra, click here.


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