Democrats have offered little in the way of concrete ideas to help parents protect their children, and instead they’ve suggested that more needs to be done to improve the lives of children.
But with Republicans in charge of the White House and Congress, the issue of child safety is likely to remain on the back burner until the 2018 midterm elections.
The Senate passed legislation to require parents to take children to day care centers for a full day each week on Thursday, but Democrats rejected the measure after it was proposed by Sens.
John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.).
Democrats have suggested that parents must go to daycare centers, but they haven’t proposed an immediate mandate to do so.
Instead, they’ve proposed expanding child care programs to include more child care options.
For example, some Democrats want to expand the number of child care spaces in public schools, but Republicans have repeatedly refused to support that plan.
Instead, Democrats have proposed that more child-friendly programs, like child-safe play zones, should be funded by tax credits, which Republicans say is too expensive.
The House passed a similar bill in June, but it didn’t make it out of committee before Republicans threatened to shut it down if Democrats didn’t get the legislation to the floor.
The bill passed the House last month, but the Senate hasn’t taken it up yet.
House Speaker Paul Ryan has said he’s open to working with Democrats on a compromise on child safety, but he has not yet indicated how he plans to proceed with it.