Congressman Fred Keller advocates for child care legislation

September 17, 2020
Press Release
Says today’s passage of H.R. 7909 and S.2683 is a win for the health and safety of our children

Washington – Today, Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) spoke on the House Floor in support of two critical child care bills aimed at keeping our children safe: H.R. 7909, the Ensuring Children and Child Care Workers Are Safe Act; and S. 2683, the Child Care Protection Improvement Act. Congressman Keller is a cosponsor of H.R. 7909 and an original cosponsor of H.R. 3986, the House companion bill to S.2683.


The House passed H.R. 7909 by a vote of 387 – 33 and S. 2683 by voice vote.


During his remarks on H.R. 7909, Congressman Keller discussed the need to provide funding for states to help child care providers meet the guidelines necessary to keep our children safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.


(Click to watch Congressman Keller’s remarks on H.R. 7909)


“As millions of families have learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, child care is a critical component of our national economy,” Congressman Keller said.


“As parents return to work, they need to be sure that their children will be looked after and kept safe.


“The Ensuring Children and Child Care Workers Are Safe Act of 2020, H.R. 7909, would make these assurances to families by equipping child care providers with the resources they need to perform their jobs safely and effectively.”


Congressman Keller also highlighted the importance of S. 2683 in strengthening background checks for child care providers.


(Click to watch Congressman Keller’s remarks on S. 2683)


“Every parent deserves the peace of mind of knowing that their child care providers are passionate, caring, and above all—qualified,” Congressman Keller said.


“While this is the case with a great many providers, it is imperative for states to be able to effectively conduct background checks, especially across state lines.


“S. 2683 will help states address challenges in implementing background checks required under current law, ensuring our children receive the safest and highest quality of care possible.”


On the passage of H.R. 7909 and S.2683, Congressman Keller made the following statement:


“Today’s passage of these two important pieces of legislation will ensure that our children remain healthy and safe while under the supervision of child care providers who have been properly vetted.

As millions of parents head back to work, these bills will be critically important for child care providers across the country,” Congressman Keller said.