Loeffler Takes Additional Action To Help Families During COVID-19
Continues to Build Out Her USA RISE Plan With Legislative Action
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) continues to introduce legislative proposals as part of her USA Restoring & Igniting the Strength of our Economy (USA RISE) Plan, a framework to reinvest in America, grow jobs and help families amid the coronavirus. Loeffler today introduced a third bill to support the “Families in the USA” pillar of the plan, as well as a resolution calling for an increase in funding for Child Care and Development Block Grants.
Loeffler’s bill, the Affordable Health Care Options Act of 2020, codifies the Trump Administration’s regulations on short-term, limited-duration health insurance plans. These health insurance plans had been available for nearly 20 years until President Obama substantially restricted them two months before leaving office. The Trump Administration restored Americans’ access to this affordable health insurance option. The Affordable Health Care Options Act of 2020 would take the important step of preventing future federal restrictions on these plans. Bill text can be found here.
Loeffler also introduced a resolution calling for an increase in funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) that will help child care providers, an already vulnerable industry before the pandemic, stay in business or reopen while parents return to work. According to a national child care survey conducted in March, a large majority of providers said they were uncertain if they would be able to reopen without support. If child care providers permanently shut their doors, it will slow the economic recovery as parents struggle to find available options while returning to work. Resolution text can be found here.
Loeffler will continue introducing legislation for her USA RISE Plan in the coming weeks.
“As our country begins to look beyond the coronavirus pandemic, we must support families as they navigate these uncertain times and begin to head back to work,” Loeffler said. “These two legislative actions are crucial for families. Many of the one in three Georgians who lost their job also lost their health insurance. My legislation will codify regulations put out by the Trump administration and ensure Americans who are in between jobs have access to affordable health insurance.
“I am also calling on Congress to significantly increase funding for grants that will help child care providers stay afloat or reopen their doors. Now more than ever, parents need reliable and affordable options. Helping providers will allow parents to get back to work and reduce the long-term fallout from the pandemic from permanently impacting an entire generation.”
Loeffler, who was named to the President’s Opening Up America Again Congressional Group, spent nearly three decades in the private sector helping build and grow small and large businesses and create thousands of jobs. She most recently was the CEO of a financial technology firm.
More information on Loeffler’s USA RISE Plan is available here.
Additional USA RISE Plan legislation introduced by Loeffler includes:
- The Working Families Childcare Access (WFCA) Act, which allows working families to contribute more to their employer-sponsored Dependent Care Cafeteria Plan Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and rollover unused funds to the following year.
- The Limiting Infant Fatality and Empowering Nonprofit Organization Workforces (LIFE NOW) Act, which allows larger nonprofits, such as YMCAs and faith-based groups, to receive Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and prohibit taxpayer dollars from funding abortion providers.