Rick Lazio on Families & Children

Require companies to allow unpaid family leave

On family leave. Lazio supported legislation that requires many companies to give their workers unpaid leave to spend time with a newborn child or a sick family member.
Source: David Rosenbaum, New York Times Jun 4, 2000

Forgive college debt to encourage more day-care workers

Lazio’s 1998 bill, HR 3727, gives college graduates incentives to choose child care careers. Nothing is more important than raising the next generation in a safe, secure, healthy environment. We need more qualified day care providers so that our kids & their families are not being short-changed. Every year, an incredible number of students graduate from college with tens of thousands of dollars in student loans. Lazio wants to encourage graduates with a degree to work in a licensed day care facility, by not saddling them with insurmountable debt for years. The legislation provides incentives for the most talented, skilled and qualified early education graduates to work in a licensed day care facility in a low income neighborhood. It forgives a percentage of the principal and interest on the outstanding student loan for each year an eligible graduate works in day care. Lazio wants to attract and retain highly qualified educators to the child-care field.
Source: Issues Briefing, www.lazio.com May 4, 2000

Encourage-not require-notifying parents for contraceptives

Source: Congressional voting record in Vote-Smart.org Oct 8, 1999

Blame Hollywood; maybe post Ten Commandments

Source: Congressional voting record in Vote-Smart.org Jun 17, 1999

Religious memorials OK; Ten Commandments sometimes OK

Source: Congressional voting record in Vote-Smart.org Jun 17, 1999

Use tax code to reinforce families.

Lazio signed the Contract with America:

[As part of the Contract with America, within 100 days we pledge to bring to the House Floor the following bill]:

The Families Reinforcement Act:
Child support enforcement, tax incentives for adoption, strengthening rights of parents in their children’s education, stronger child pornography laws, and an elderly dependent care tax credit to reinforce the central role of families in American society.
Source: Contract with America 93-CWA6 on Sep 27, 1994

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