Sen. Casey pushes 2 child care bills in visit to South Philly

Mike DeNardo
May 20, 2019 - 2:53 pm
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 21: Senator Bob Casey (D- PA) addresses supporters before former President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally for statewide Democratic candidates on September 21, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — U.S. Sen. Bob Casey's statewide tour to push his child care bills took him to South Philadelphia Monday morning.

Casey toured the Dixon Learning Academy at 22nd and Moore streets and then sat down to talk with parents about the cost of child care.   

"You could be paying as much as, or I should say as close to half your income, for child care. That's unsustainable," Casey said.

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Parent Thelma Clanton told the senator about the sticker shock she experienced when she tried to find child care for her 18-month-old.

"I started to look into, OK, what am I going to do with him. I need to go back into the work field. And I started looking at the prices and I'm thinking, "OK. Let me see how I can maneuver this,'" Clanton said.

The Democrat Casey promoted two bills: one, which would provide federal aid to help parents pay for child care, and another raising the income limits for child care tax credits.  

So far, the bills are not scheduled for action in the Republican-controlled Senate.