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H.R. 1623 (116th): Help America Run Act

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Would more mothers run for political office if they could use campaign money to pay for childcare?


A 2018 Federal Election Commission (FEC) advisory opinion concluded that candidates can spend campaign funds on childcare expenses, so long as the expenses are “incurred as a direct result of campaign activity.”

But some worry that the advisory opinion lacks the stability of a federal law, since it could be overturned — perhaps soon, if President Trump nominates and the Republican-led Senate confirms one or more new commissioners. Trump currently has no commissioners on the FEC.

The issue is starting to gather steam at the state level. Six states now explicitly allow campaign money to be used for childcare under state law, all doing so in the past two years. And they …

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Katie Porter

Sponsor. Representative for California's 45th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Oct 30, 2019
Length: 7 pages
Mar 7, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on October 29, 2019 but was never passed by the Senate.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).



Mar 7, 2019

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Oct 29, 2019
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

H.R. 1623 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 1623. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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