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GOP Solution for Working Family Woes: Put a Crib in Your Home Office

Childcare is crippling many young families’ monthly budget. Now the GOP has a novel solution to the problem – just put a crib in your home office.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) just introduced the Working Parents Home Office Act, which allows a tax deduction for home workers that put a crib in their office.

“These are just the kinds of things that could make a difference in people’s lives now,” McConnell said promoting the legislation.

Yet while the bill may offer a tax benefit for a few work-at-home moms and dads capable of juggling kids with the demands of their workload, it does nothing to impact the root issue that many parents – most who work outside the home – can’t afford to keep their kids cared for while on the job.

In fact, many parents have reported paying more for childcare than they do for rent or food, with costs in big cities easily reaching $16,430 for an infant and $12,355 for a four-year-old per year.

Adding to the financial burden, 40 percent of parents – many of them low-income workers – are unable to take paid leave when their kids get sick, meaning a bad cold or flu can end up costing families big.

None of these issues, of course, are addressed by McConnell’s bill,

Yet, in a press conference touting the Republican’s ‘Fair Shot for Everyone’ mid-election platform, McConnell praised his initiative and several other Republican bills, for providing a very real solution for working families.

“Some of our members wanted to come together today to talk about some Republican proposals that could immediately be acted upon to improve the lives of working families who are struggling in the Obama economy,” McConnell told reporters at the Wednesday press meet.

Other GOP initiatives, intended to be an answer to the Democrat’s own working family platform,  include an effort to reinstate 40 hours a week as full-time effectively repealing Obamacare’s 30 hour a week designation, a call to allow merit pay for union employees under collective-bargaining contracts, and a bill that would allow more employers to offer comp time instead of overtime pay.

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