Democrats in the House are looking to spend $100 million to fund a free diaper handout to low-income families, the Washington Examiner is reporting.
The measure was introduced Thursday by Reps. Barbara Lee of California and Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut. Others sponsoring the bill include Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.
According to the Examiner, the bill would create a “100 million demonstration program” designed to give away free diapers and related products to the poor.
"Most child care centers won't accept a child without an adequate supply of diapers, preventing low-income families from enrolling their child in child care and returning to work," Lee said. "These families should not have to choose between purchasing basic household needs and buying diapers."
And DeLauro added: "No family should have to choose between buying diapers for their child or buying groceries — but that is exactly the situation many families face every day”
The bill is called the End Diaper Need Act of 2019. Eligible states, communities and nonprofits would have discretion on how to implement the program, according to a statement from Lee’s office.
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