[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton (1998, Book I)]
[February 26, 1998]
[Page 301]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]

Statement on Proposed Child Care Legislation
February 26, 1998

    Last month I unveiled my child care initiative to make child care 
better, safer, and more affordable. Today I am pleased that 
Congresswoman Kennelly has introduced 
comprehensive child care legislation that is also designed to meet the 
needs of America's children and families. Congresswoman Kennelly's bill 
is a strong package that, like mine, significantly increases child care 
subsidies for poor children, provides greater tax relief to help low- 
and middle-income families pay for child care, creates a tax credit for 
businesses that provide child care for their employees, increases after-
school opportunities for children, promotes early learning, and improves 
child care quality.
    This proposal is a testament to Congresswoman Kennelly's leadership on this issue and her commitment to the 
future of our Nation's children. I look forward to working with her and 
other Members of Congress to enact bipartisan child care legislation 
that helps Americans fulfill their responsibilities as workers and, even 
more important, as parents.