Veterans Affairs’ Childcare Amendment Targets Employees With Drug Convictions

Anthony Rivas
Feb 14, 2019 - 3:13

Just days after President Donald Trump spoke about criminal justice reform during his State of the Union address, the House of Representatives amended the Veterans' Access to Childcare Act of 2019 to prohibit participation in the program if a facility or provider employs someone convicted of a drug felony. Sponsored by Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-New Jersey), the amendment would prohibit Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities and childcare providers from employing people who have been convicted of drug felonies – lumping these people together with those convicted of a sex crime, an offense involving a child victim, a violent crime, or other offenses that the secretary of veterans affairs “deems appropriate.” The amendment received overwhelming bipartisan support with a

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