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Clinton's Empty Bluster On Child Care Fails American Families

- September 12, 2016

Throughout Her Political Career, Clinton Has Failed To Help American Parents Afford Care For Their Children, But Is Happy To Take Credit From Those Who Did


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Clinton's child care "plan" includes virtually no specifics, only offering a vague goal of capping child care costs at 10 percent of a family's income with no details of how to accomplish that.
  • But one thing is certain: a Clinton child care plan would "come with a big price tag" and requiring taxpayers "to come up with tens of billions of new dollars every year" to pay for it.
  • As a Senator, Clinton voted against a bill that increased the child and dependent care tax credit, "doubled" the child tax credit, and created a new child care tax credit for businesses.
  • When it comes to helping children and families, Clinton has tried to hide her lack of accomplishments by saying she created the Children's Health Insurance Program, a ridiculous claim that has earned her "Two Pinocchios" from The Washington Post.
  • Far from understanding the struggles of families who are working to provide child care, Clinton repeatedly used taxpayer funds to pay for a nanny.

LACKING DETAILS, ALL WE KNOW ABOUT HILLARY CLINTON'S CHILD CARE PLANS IS THEY WILL COST HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS

In May, Clinton Released A Child Care "Plan" That Has Virtually No Specifics, Including Its Cost Or How It Would Be Paid For

The Wall Street Journal Subtitle: "Democratic Front-Runner Offers Few Details" On Child Care Plan. "Democratic front-runner offers few details on plans" (Laura Meckler, "Clinton Proposals Would Ease Child Care Costs, Boost Pay For Workers," The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire , 5/10/16)

"Exactly How Clinton's [Child Care] Program Would Work Is Still Unclear." "Exactly how Clinton's program would work is still unclear. The proposed plan would combine 'substantial new investments' in federal subsidies for lower-income families and tax breaks for middle class families in order to ensure that costs never rose above 10 percent, Ann O'Leary, a Clinton campaign policy advisor told the Post." (Max Lewontin, "Why Clinton Is Pledging A 10 Percent Income Cap On Families' Child Care," The Christian-Science Monitor , 5/11/16)

Clinton's Campaign Said It Would Not Release The Details Of Her Plan For "Months." "Clinton will propose a combination of direct federal investments and tax relief for low- and middle-class families, the details of which won't be announced until 'the coming months,' according to the campaign." (Jeanne Sahadi, "Clinton To Propose Plan To Cap Child Care Costs At 10 % Of Family Income," CNN, 5/10/16)

Even Though Clinton's Plan Involves "Substantial" New Federal Spending, Her Campaign Has Offered No Details About How It Would Cap Costs, "How Much The Program Would Cost, Or How It Would Be Paid For." "The campaign did not offer details about how it would cap child care costs, how much the program would cost, or how it would be paid for, though an aide said it would involve 'substantial' direct federal spending mixed with new tax breaks aimed at middle class families." (Laura Meckler, "Clinton Proposals Would Ease Child Care Costs, Boost Pay For Workers," The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire , 5/10/16)

  • The Cost Of Clinton's Child Care Program Will "Vary Dramatically Depending On Program Details That Clinton Has Yet To Provide. "Neither projection was particularly precise and, as the vast gap between the two suggests, the ultimate cost of any program could vary dramatically depending on program details that Clinton has yet to provide. Would the program cover all children, or just younger ones? Would it take effect quickly or gradually? And so on." (Jonathan Cohn, "Clinton's Child Care Plan Could Get Very Expensive And Be Totally Worth It," The Huffington Post, 5/18/16)

Clinton's Campaign Is Not Releasing Details On The Linchpin Of The Plan, "The Mix Of Federal Subsidies Or Tax Credits To Pay" For The Childcare Benefit. "The Democratic presidential front-runner's campaign said the mix of federal subsidies or tax credits to pay for the new benefit will be announced later." (Anne Gearan, "Clinton To Pledge That No Family Pays More Than 10 Percent OF Income On Child Care," The Washington Post , 5/10/16)

  • Clinton's Senior Policy Adviser Ann O'Leary Claims The Plan Involves "'Substantial New Investments' In Federal Subsidies For Low-Income Families And Tax Breaks For Middle Class Families." "Clinton wants 'substantial new investments' in federal subsidies for lower-income families and tax breaks for middle-class families to meet the goal of limiting costs to 10 percent of family income, O'Leary said." (Anne Gearan, "Clinton To Pledge That No Family Pays More Than 10 Percent OF Income On Child Care," The Washington Post , 5/10/16)
  • Clinton's Fact Sheet On The Plan Only Gives A Passing Reference To New Subsidies And Tax Credits. "Clinton will fight for every family in America to have access to high quality, affordable child care by significantly increasing the federal government's investment in child care subsidies and providing tax relief for the cost of child care to working families." ("Clinton​ ​To​ ​Commit To Bold, New​ ​Goal​ ​As​ ​President​ ​To​ ​​Limit​ ​Child ​Care Costs​ ​To​ ​No​ More​ ​Than​ ​10 Percent​ ​Of​ ​Family's​ ​Income," Hillary For America's The Briefing , 5/10/16)

Clinton Says She Would Cap A Family's Child Care Costs At 10 Percent, But Offers No Details On How To Accomplish This

Clinton's 10 Percent Promise Is "Impossible To Evaluate" Without Details That "The Clinton Campaign Has Yet To Provide." "It's an audacious vow, given that many families now spend far more than 10 percent of income on child care, and one that's impossible to evaluate without details about funding and program design that the Clinton campaign has yet to provide." (Jonathan Cohn, "Clinton To Lay Out Agenda For Making Child Care Better - And More Affordable," The Huffington Post, 5/10/16)

  • In Her Plan, Clinton Pledges To Cap Child Care Expenses At No More Than 10 Percent Of A Family's Income. "In particular, Clinton will commit that, as President, she will significantly increase child care investments so no family pays more than 10 percent of their income for child care." ("Clinton​ ​To​ ​Commit To Bold, New​ ​Goal​ ​As​ ​President​ ​To​ ​​Limit​ ​Child ​Care Costs​ ​To​ ​No​ More​ ​Than​ ​10 Percent​ ​Of​ ​Family's​ ​Income," Hillary For America's The Briefing , 5/10/16)

But In Rolling Out The Plan, Clinton "Did Not Spell Out How She Would Ensure That Families' Costs Would Not Exceed 10 Percent." "Mrs. Clinton did not spell out how she would ensure that families' costs would not exceed 10 percent, although her campaign said her plan to limit costs would include subsidies and tax relief." (Thomas Kaplan, "Hillary Clinton Backs Income Limits On Parents' Costs For Child Care," The New York Times , 5/10/16)

Clinton Knows Her Child Care Proposal Will "Inevitably Cost A Great Deal Of Money," In The Hundreds Of Billions, But Don't Ask Her How Americans Will Pay For It

When She Unveiled Her Child Care Proposals, Clinton "Didn't Say How She Would Fund The Efforts, And Her Campaign Didn't Respond To A Request For Comment." "[Clinton] rolled out the new proposals during stops at a childcare center in Lexington and at a health center in Louisville, where she was campaigning ahead of Kentucky's May 17 Democratic primary. But she didn't say how she would fund the efforts, and her campaign didn't respond to a request for comment." (Kimberly Hefling, "Clinton Releases Plan To Cap Child Care Costs," Politico, 5/10/16)

The Wall Street Journal Editorial: "If Families Think Day Care And Health Care Are 'Really Expensive' Now, Wait Until They Have To Pay For Mrs. Clinton's Government." (Editorial, "It Takes A Government To Raise A Child," The Wall Street Journal, 5/11/16)

Clinton's Plan To "Make Child Care Better And More Affordable Simultaneously" Will "Inevitably Cost A Great Deal Of Money." "One big challenge is that efforts to improve the quality of child care, like hiring teachers with better credentials, inevitably make it more expensive. A serious effort to make child care better and more affordable simultaneously, as Clinton apparently has in mind, would inevitably cost a great deal of money - money that would have to come from either new taxes or cuts to other programs, given Clinton's vow to find offsets for any new government spending." (Jonathan Cohn, "Clinton To Lay Out Agenda For Making Child Care Better - And More Affordable," The Huffington Post, 5/10/16)

  • Clinton's Plan Would "Come With A Big Price Tag." "Hillary Clinton has said that helping working parents would be one of her primary goals as president and, last week, she let the country know what she has in mind. If she's president, Clinton said, she'd work to make sure no family has to spend more than 10 percent of its income on child care expenses. That's a big goal. And it'd come with a big price tag." (Jonathan Cohn, "Clinton's Child Care Plan Could Get Very Expensive And Be Totally Worth It," The Huffington Post, 5/18/16)

Clinton's Child Care Plan Will "Likely Require The Federal Government, And Thus The Taxpayers, To Come Up With Tens Of Billions Of New Dollars Every Year." "Still, the figures convey a sense of scale. Fully realizing Clinton's goal would likely require the federal government, and thus the taxpayers, to come up with tens of billions of new dollars every year. That's real money, even by Washington standards - less than what the federal government spends on Medicare's prescription drug benefit, most likely, but still a vast increase over what the federal government currently spends on Head Start and other federal programs for young children." (Jonathan Cohn, "Clinton's Child Care Plan Could Get Very Expensive And Be Totally Worth It," The Huffington Post, 5/18/16)

The Committee For A Responsible Federal Budget Estimates That Clinton's Child Care Proposal Would Result In $100 Billion In New Spending Over Ten Years. "On the child care side, Clinton's proposals are somewhat vague. In our central estimate, we assumed her proposal is roughly equal to the spending initiative for expanding access to high quality child care contained in President Obama's FY 2017 budget plus his proposal to expand the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program, totaling roughly $100 billion." ("Promises And Price Tags: A Fiscal Guide to the 2016 Election," The Committee For A Responsible Federal Budget, 6/27/16)

AS A SENATOR, CLINTON VOTED AGAINST INCREASING TAX CREDITS TO HELP PARENTS

Clinton Voted Against A Bill That Increased The Child And Dependent Care Credit, "Doubled" The Child Tax Credit, And Created A New Child Care Tax Credit For Businesses

Clinton Voted Against The Economic Growth And Tax Relief Reconciliation Act Of 2001. "Adoption of the conference report on the bill that would reduce taxes by $1.35 trillion through fiscal 2011 through income tax rate cuts, relief of the 'marriage penalty,' a phaseout of the federal estate tax, doubling the child tax credit, and providing incentives for retirement savings. A new 10 percent tax rate would be created retroactive to Jan. 1, and taxpayers would get rebate checks this summer of $300 for singles and $600 for couples. The bill would double the $500-per-child tax credit by 2010 and make it refundable; raise the estate tax exemption to $1 million in 2002 and phase out the tax over 10 years; increase the standard deduction for married couples to double that of singles over five years, beginning in 2005; and increase annual contribution limits for Individual Retirement Accounts to $5,000." (H.R. 1836, Roll Call Vote #170: Adopted 58-33: R 46-2; D 12-31, 5/26/01, Clinton Voted Nay)

  • The Bill Increased Child Care Expenses Eligible For The Child And Dependent Care Tax Credit. "The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 (EGTRRA, P.L. 107-16) raised the expense limits from $2,400 for one child and $4,800 for two or more children, and increased the credit percentage from 30% to 35%, beginning in tax year 2003." (Christine Scott, "Dependent Care: Current Tax Benefits And Legislative Issues," Congressional Research Service, 1/21/05)
  • The Bill "Doubled The Value" Of The Child Tax Credit And "Made The Credit Refundable For Families With Earnings Over $10,000." "Specifically [the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001] doubled the value of the credit per child (from $500 to $1,000) and made the credit refundable for families with earnings over $10,000." (Margot L. Crandall-Hollick, "The Child Tax Credit: Current Law And Legislative History," Congressional Research Service, 1/19/16)
  • The Bill Created A New $150,000 Tax Credit To Encourage Employers To Provide Day Care To Their Workers. "Employer-provided child care. The bill creates a tax credit for companies that provide day care for their workers' children. Employers who construct, operate or contract with a facility to provide child care are eligible for a credit of up to 25 percent of expenses. Those who provide a child care resource or referral service are eligible for a credit of up to 10 percent of expenses. The total of the credits taken in one year cannot exceed $150,000." (Lori Nitschke and Wendy Boudreau, "Provisions Of The Tax Law," Congressional Quarterly Weekly, 6/8/01)

CLINTON CAN'T RELATE TO AMERICANS STRUGGLING TO AFFORD CHILD CARE, BECAUSE SHE UNETHICALLY USED TAXPAYER FUNDS TO COVER HER EXPENSES

Clinton Has Repeatedly Used Taxpayer Funds To Pay For Her Own Child Care

A 1981 Audit Found That The Clintons Had "Hired A Nurse At Taxpayer Expense" To Care For Their Daughter When Bill Was Governor Of Arkansas. "Hillary Clinton is proposing limiting the cost of child care to 10 percent of family income - but the family of the Democratic presidential candidate used government-paid staffers to help raise their daughter, Chelsea. A 1981 government audit - assessing when Bill Clinton was governor of Arkansas - found that the Clintons had hired a nurse at taxpayer expense to care for Chelsea." (Daniel Halper, "Clinton Vows To Limit Child Care Costs Despite Taxpayer Funded Nanny," The New York Post, 8/8/16)

  • A Nurse Was Hired And Concealed By Being "Listed On The Payroll As A Security Guard." "The nurse was paid $9,785 - what was then nearly double minimum wage - according to a 1981 article in the Arkansas Gazette. The nurse was listed on the payroll as a security guard, which Bill Clinton admitted was only because it was the sole empty slot available on the governor's staff." (Daniel Halper, "Clinton Vows To Limit Child Care Costs Despite Taxpayer Funded Nanny," The New York Post, 8/8/16)

The Clintons Did The Same Thing In The White House, Hiring A "Staff Assistant" With Government Funds To Provide Child Care. "The Clintons repeated the trick when they moved into the White House, where nanny Helen Dickey drew a $20,000-a-year salary as a 'staff assistant' to care for the first daughter." (Daniel Halper, "Clinton Vows To Limit Child Care Costs Despite Taxpayer Funded Nanny," The New York Post, 8/8/16)

AND CLINTON HAS TRIED TO CLAIM CREDIT FOR THE CREATION OF CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, WHICH SHE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH

Clinton Has Said That She Deserves Credit For The Creation Of The Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)

In A 2016 Campaign Ad, Clinton Claimed That She Created The Children's Healthcare Program. NARRATOR: "It's in the quiet moments when you see why she does this. For Hillary, it's always been about kids. And when millions couldn't get health care, this First Lady worked with Republicans and Democrats to fix it, creating the Children's Health Insurance Program." CLINTON: "So that every child gets the health care that child deserves to have." NARRATOR: "Now, 8 million kids are covered. That's the kind of leader she is, and the kind of President she'll be." CLINTON: "I'm Hillary Clinton, and I approve this message." ("Quiet Moments," Hillary For America, 6/16/16)

But Clinton's Claim Has Earned Her "Two Pinocchios" From The Washington Post

The Washington Post's Fact Checker Glenn Kessler Gave Clinton's Claim That She Worked To Create CHIP "Two Pinocchios." " But in reviewing the contemporaneous news reporting and later fact checks, we can find no evidence that she 'worked with Democrats and Republicans' to create the law." (Glenn Kessler, "Clinton's Claim Of Working With Democrats And Republicans To Create A Child Care Program," The Washington Post , 6/20/16)

  • Kessler: Clinton's Role In The Creation Of CHIP "Was Limited To Being A Largely Hidden Cheerleader At The White House." "Moreover, Clinton was certainly not involved in the details of the crafting the legislative language. The bill was a bipartisan effort, but her role was limited to being a largely hidden cheerleader at the White House, rather than a public advocate who directly worked with lawmakers in both parties." (Glenn Kessler, "Clinton's Claim Of Working With Democrats And Republicans To Create A Child Care Program," The Washington Post , 6/20/16)

In Reality, Hillary Clinton Had Little To Do With The Creation Of SCHIP

Clinton "Had Little To Do" With SCHIP. "Hillary Clinton, who has frequently described herself on the campaign trail as playing a pivotal role in forging a children's health insurance plan, had little to do with crafting the landmark legislation or ushering it through Congress, according to several lawmakers, staffers, and healthcare advocates involved in the issue." (Susan Milligan, "Clinton Role In Health Program Disputed," The Boston Globe, 3/14/08)

"Current And Former Lawmakers And Staff Said Hillary Clinton Had No Role In Helping To Write" SCHIP. "And several current and former lawmakers and staff said Hillary Clinton had no role in helping to write the congressional legislation, which grew out of a similar program approved in Massachusetts in 1996." (Susan Milligan, "Clinton Role In Health Program Disputed," The Boston Globe, 3/14/08)

During The 2008 Campaign, "Lawmakers And Staff Members [We]re Fuming" Over "Clinton's Exaggeration" Of Her Role On SCHIP. "But privately, some lawmakers and staff members are fuming over what they see as Clinton's exaggeration of her role in developing SCHIP, including her campaign ads claiming she 'helped create' the program. The irritation has grown since Nov. 1, when Clinton - along with fellow senators and presidential candidates Barack Obama, Chris Dodd, and John McCain - missed a Senate vote to extend the SCHIP program, which was approved without the votes of those lawmakers." (Susan Milligan, "Clinton Role In Health Program Disputed," The Boston Globe, 3/14/08)

During SCHIP Negotiations, Hillary Clinton's Name "Barely Surfaced." "During months of SCHIP negotiations in 1997, her name rarely surfaced in news accounts. Clinton never testified before Congress or held a news conference on the bill. When Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (Utah), the lead GOP negotiator of the children's health bill, heard reports that Clinton was depicting herself as SCHIP's main advocate, 'I had to blink a few times,' he said. Hatch said he doesn't recall a single conversation with Clinton about SCHIP, even a mention of her name. 'If she was involved, I didn't know about it,' he said." (Shailagh Murray And Jonathan Weisman, "Both Obama And Clinton Embellish Their Roles," The Washington Post, 3/24/08)

  • Then-Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV): "You Know How She [Clinton] Says, 'I Started SCHIP'? Well So Did I." "'You know how she says, 'I started SCHIP'? Well, so did I,' joked Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), one of the Democrats who pushed the bill across the finish line along with Kennedy." (Shailagh Murray And Jonathan Weisman, "Both Obama And Clinton Embellish Their Roles," The Washington Post, 3/24/08)
  • Then-Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) Noted That Clinton's Only Connection To SCHIP Was That She Was The First Lady. "But when her rhetoric on the campaign trail started to filter back to the Capitol, the veteran legislator became stingier with his praise. 'At the last hour, the administration supported it, and she was part of the administration, so I suppose she could say she supported it at the time,' Kennedy said." (Shailagh Murray And Jonathan Weisman, "Both Obama And Clinton Embellish Their Roles," The Washington Post, 3/24/08)

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