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Harmon disappointed by partisan vote against working families

harmon jcar ccapSPRINGFIELD – In an effort to support working parents who cannot afford childcare State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) voted against Governor Rauner’s drastic new rules that have cut the Child Care Assistance Program for needy families. Harmon joined with the rest of his Democratic colleagues in support of these families at the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules hearing, but the deep cuts prevailed, however, when Republican members sided with the governor over working families.

“It is extremely disappointing that not a single one of my Republican colleagues was able to stand up for working families today. These emergency rules, proposed by Governor Rauner, do not respond to an emergency, but they will create emergencies for people all across the state. The legislature should have the will to stand up to the governor and check this overreach of his powers,” said Harmon.

Last week, the Illinois Senate passed Senate Bill 570, which will restore eligibility to the families the Governor eliminated from CCAP. That legislation is now pending in the Illinois House.

“Cutting services from our most vulnerable families will not solve our impending budget crisis. Forcing parents to choose between work and caring for their children is neither competitive nor compassionate, and in the long run it will cost the state exponentially more. I encourage the Illinois House to take up Senate Bill 570 as quickly as possible to provide the services that these families desperately need,” said Harmon.

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