In 1971, President Richard Nixon voted a two-phase bill that would lay the groundwork for a national childcare program, saying it would put the government “on the side of social norms of child rearing [and] against the family-centered approach. "
Fifty years later, when President Joe Biden made subsidized child care for low- and middle-income families a major part of his legal agenda, the conservative public debate against his plan sounds similar to that of Nixon's assistant Pat Buchanan when he wrote that veto message.
Senator Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Said Biden's letter "would encourage women to rely on a coalition government to plan their lives" in an interview with Fox Business Network shortly after Biden announced his plan last month. In a tweet, he compared the proposal to childcare in the Soviet way.
Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Said Biden's plan was a democratic attempt by social engineering - to persuade Americans to "use the child care care that Democrats want them to follow."
However, over the past century since more than 50 church Republicans have supported the national childcare system, marriage rates and births have declined to record - some in the group see it as a problem. With a once-in-a-lifetime crisis highlighting and exacerbating the national misery of childcare, a number of caregivers have come up with proposals that will increase government assistance to parents in order to inform the traditional family.
Brad Wilcox, a professor of sociology at the University of Virginia and a visiting specialist at the American Enterprise Institute, said Republicans who do not see the urgency of the situation fail to recognize that "we are in a new moment here with a birth record, a lower marital record."
"And I think a lot of Americans are worried about how they can have children, raise children and do juggle work with the family in the 21st century," he said.
The Biden's American Families Plan, which does not approve what type of American child care system you use, will go beyond $ 225 billion in child care investments. It will also create pre-K and family prepaid family plans and increase by 2025 the increase in a child loan and the expansion of his or her approved Covid-19 package this year. Last Monday, Biden officials announced that an estimated 39 million U.S. families would begin receiving direct debt payments in July.
There are three objections to the GOP, and the Republics have not yet met individually.
Senen Mitt Romney, R-Utah, wants to replace the child tax debt, which has already been temporarily extended by Biden's Covid-19 grant, with huge profits backed up by combining other benefits. One, from Senen Josh Hawley, R-Mo., Will donate a $ 6,000 tax debt to single parents and a $ 12,000 debt to married parents who jointly file and have children under the age of 13. The third is from Sens. Mike Lee, R- Utah, and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Which offers a greater increase in child tax credit than Biden claims; profits will be tied directly to the job, unlike Biden's.
Hawley, Lee and Rubio have all spoken publicly in recent years about the need to promote the nuclear family through policy. Last year, Lee, then chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, published a report outlining "policy measures to ensure more children are raised by happy married parents." Meanwhile, in promoting proposals to increase child tax debt and provide paid family leave during his 2016 presidential campaign, Rubio said in an initial interview that his efforts were aimed at "strengthening the country's most important institution, the family."
Terry Schilling, executive director of the American Principles Project, a conservative thinking team focused on social issues, said conservatives want to increase the rate of decline in marriage and birth through their childcare programs.
Schilling, who favors Hawley's program, said there was controversy in the Republican election, and, pointing to the 2018 vote of his party, which found that married voters were more likely to vote Republican than those who were divorced or living together or never married.
"The goal here on the right, as well as the world, is, in fact, how we allow parents to spend more time with their families and children," he said, adding that government-sponsored child care will result in "more people putting in children and more people postponing spending time with their children."
In this debate are traditional ideas about what constitutes a family, as well as gender norms and the role of women within and outside the home. More women are working now than when we last tried the full child care law in 1971. The economic situation has also changed.
Brigid Schulte, director of a family program at the non-partisan think tank in New America, said the problem with Republicans seeking to paint Biden's anti-traditional family program is that the lives of middle-class people make it difficult to find single-income families.