Democrat Seeks to Wedge Child Welfare Into Infrastructure Bill

June 11, 2021, 9:16 AM

A top Senate Democrat wants to include money for health care, child care, and nutrition as part of President Joe Biden’s signature infrastructure legislation, setting the stage for a battle with Republicans who say such a measure should focus on roads, bridges, and other needs.

Sen. Bob Casey, chair of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee on Children and Families, could introduce legislation for a package of proposals as soon as next week. The framework will also address child abuse and wealth inequality.

Absent Republican support, Casey (Pa.) and fellow Democrats are counting on passing major new spending ...

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