House Democrats offer more than twenty pro-family amendments to HB 1001
INDIANAPOLIS – Yesterday, Indiana House Republicans defeated over 20 amendments to House Bill 1001(ss) offered by House Democrats that would strengthen pro-family policies in the state. The purpose of the bill is to provide aid to Hoosiers and issue a second automatic tax refund (ATR) of $225. Amendments included offering pregnancy accommodations, increasing access to childcare, and creating a tax exemption for child care products. In response to the second reading of HB 1001(ss), State Representative Tonya Pfaff (D-Terre Haute) issued the following statement:
“This is a huge loss for all Hoosiers across the state,” Pfaff said.
“This bill was the perfect opportunity to help craft an impactful blueprint for our future. Every amendment offered by my Democratic colleagues was designed to support women, children and families across our state. We should help provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant women in the workforce, give working families a tax cut that would allow them to afford necessary child care products, and even create a before and after school support program to improve student outcomes. Instead, the House GOP decided to once again vote against pro-family policies.
“It’s disheartening to once again see the failure of this Legislature to provide Hoosier families with the help they desperately need. Going forward, I hope we can come together to pass true pro-family legislation that will have a real impact in supporting the quality of life of mothers and children in our state.”