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H.R. 4540: Improving Access to Child Care Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 19, 2021 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 4540


July 19, 2021

(for himself and Mrs. Walorski) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means


To amend title IV–A of the Social Security Act, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Improving Access to Child Care Act.


Improving access to child care to support work

Section 418(a)(3) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 618(a)(3)) is amended—


by striking $3,550,000,000 for each fiscal year and inserting $4,158,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2022 through 2027; and


in subparagraph (A), by striking $3,375,000,000 and inserting $3,983,000,000.


Elimination of Contingency Fund


In general

Section 403 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 603) is amended by striking all of subsection (b) except paragraph (5).


Conforming amendments


Transfer of needy State definition


In general

Paragraph (5) of section 403(b) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 603(b)(5)) is—




in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking paragraph (4) and inserting subparagraph (C);


in each of subparagraphs (A) and (B), by redesignating clauses (i) and (ii) as subclauses (I) and (II), respectively;


by redesignating subparagraphs (A) and (B) as clauses (i) and (ii), respectively;


by redesignating such paragraph as subparagraph (D); and


by moving each provision 2 ems to the right; and


as so amended, hereby transferred into section 409(a)(3) (42 U.S.C. 609(a)(3)) and added to the end of such section.


Conforming amendment

Section 409(a)(3)(C) (42 U.S.C. 609(a)(3)(C)) is amended by striking (as defined in section 403(b)(5)).


Elimination of penalty for failure of state receiving amounts from contingency fund to maintain 100 percent of historic effort

Section 409(a) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 609(a)) is amended by striking paragraph (10).


Effective date

The amendment made by this Act shall take effect on October 1, 2022.