Some Help for Working Moms

Congress finally passes a child-care bill

If there was one social program that congressional Democrats could exploit as a campaign rallying cry, it was child care. With elections looming this fall, they should have been in a position to trumpet their efforts to help working mothers, 75% of whom tell pollsters that they are unable to find adequate care for their children while they are on the job. Instead, House Democrats have allowed the first nationwide child-care system to become mired in committee turf battles for six months. As Olympia Snowe, a Maine Republican, tartly observed last week, "If this bill were an actual child, Congress long...

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