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Huffpost | Republicans Not Rushing To Support More Aid For Parents After Fall Of Roe

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Republicans welcomed the Supreme Court’s recent decision to end federal abortion rights, a change that is likely to lead to more births and more difficult parenting. But that doesn’t mean the party is pushing for new policies to actually help these parents.

In recent years, Democrats have increasingly advocated for things like direct cash assistance or paid leave. The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade last month – attributed to a leak in May – did not bring in more Republicans.

“I’m not sure the government can fix that,” Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) said this week when asked if the federal government had a bigger role to play in helping parents. in the post-Roe world or not.

“I stand ready to support families and family formation,” said Cornyn, a member of the Senate GOP leadership team. “But that’s separate and out of the question of abortion as far as I’m concerned.”

The Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health has reduced the court’s nearly five-decade position that guaranteeing abortion rights, creating a patchwork of abortion access across the country. country. Millions of Americans in more than a dozen states can no longer have abortions, and Republican lawmakers in several states are threatening to ban interstate travel to end pregnancies.

Experts say a Roe reversal will have a disproportionate impact on lower-income households and people of color. It can lead to a significant increase in the number of births. A healthcare consulting company estimates there will be 150,000 more live births in the US each year. There will be 3.6 million births in the US in 2021.

But many Republicans think the United States is doing enough to support families. They also counter the notion that their opposition to more federal support means they don’t support children.

“[Democrats] ignore the trillion dollar benefits already out there and what’s already been done and say that unless you make another billion dollars, you really don’t love kids. It’s ridiculous,” Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.) told HuffPost.

Lankford said he favors stronger child support enforcement against optimistic fathers and makes adoption easier.

Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) is one of the only Republicans on Capitol Hill willing to receive a monthly cash aid for parents. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker / Getty Images)

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Children have higher rates of poverty than other age groups in the US, largely because the labor market doesn’t match up with their parents. Other rich countries offer paid leave and monthly allowances for children; The United States does not.

Democrats created a child grant as part of the Rescue America Plan last year. For six months, parents receive up to $300 per child. Democrats planned to make the payments a permanent fixture of the welfare state, referring to the policy as “Children’s Social Security,” but they were unable to expand it. Policy as part of a broader social spending bill has collapsed under internal opposition.

Several Republican legislators have embarked on a family aid policy, making various proposals before the Supreme Court withdrew abortion rights. But none of them received great party support.

Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) has proposed an alternative version of the Democratic child benefit that would offset the cost of the program by consolidating other welfare policies. For Romney, part of the impetus for this policy is to encourage people to have children, while Democrats tend to focus more on reducing child poverty.

Cold. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Richard Burr (RN.C.) recently joined Romney in proposing a new version of his billThis with a “pro-life” provision allows expectant mothers to claim the child tax credit while they are pregnant, before their child is born.

Burr, who is nearing retirement, told HuffPost don’t expect strong support for Romney’s bill when federal law no longer protects access to abortion. The main stumbling block is that there isn’t much incentive for Republicans to jump on the mostly Democratic bill as the Senate’s schedule this summer has been jammed with other legislation.

“There’s no compelling reason to start something like that because there’s no way through it,” says Burr.

A dozen Republicans in the Senate and 31 Republicans in the House of Representatives unanimously backed a symbolic bill that would only allow expectant mothers to claim a tax deduction for their children first. when it was born, as suggested by Romney. But no additional lawmakers signed the law after the Supreme Court made the decision.

“There’s a lot of expense going on in that first year” before a child is born, said Lankford, one of the Senate’s co-sponsors. “Everybody ignores that year buying cribs, buying clothes, buying diapers, all that.”

Republicans have also made several proposals to provide paid leave — although unlike the Democratic plans, they do not provide direct federal assistance. Instead, the proposals allow working families to advance existing child tax credits or their Social Security benefits.

“I am willing to support families and family formation… But that is separate and different from the abortion question as far as I am concerned.”

– Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas)

There’s a lot of energy, says Joshua McCabe, a home economic security analyst at the Niskanen Center. among the right-leaning that could eventually filter to legislators.

“I think Dobbs’ decision lit a fire,” McCabe said.

Republicans tend to believe that reducing material hardship makes people less able to work — an economic ideology that seems to defeat any desire to make parents’ lives easier. easier.

“I think we should have a safety net,” said Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.) “What I don’t want to do is put people in a position where healthy Americans can’t work.”

To assuage those worries, Romney added a “job request” to his child benefit proposal, but he has yet to win over Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.) Or Mike Lee (Utah), who advocates extending the child tax credit at work. parents.

Romney said he has yet to attempt an aisle contact as he is waiting for Democrats to finalize negotiations on a new version of the previously created “budget adjustment” bill that included child benefits. from the extension of the child tax credit.

“Assuming that childcare or child tax credits are not part of the final package the Democrats are offering to mediate, then we will begin more extensive negotiations with the Party. Democracy,” Romney said.

Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) said he still hopes Democrats include the monthly child benefit in their reconciliation bill, but the odds are small. “If that doesn’t work out, I think there will be a bipartisan negotiation this year,” he said.

But Bennet suggests he doesn’t think the Supreme Court will inspire Republicans to negotiate.

“I don’t think anything can offset the damage of the Dobbs decision,” he said.


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