The bill, which House Democrats hope to vote on this week, includes a provision for infrastructure grants to improve child care safety. Specifically to help child care providers "acquire, construct, renovate or improve" their facilities.
However, included further down in the bill’s text is a prohibition against religious organizations like churches and synagogues that also have schools or child care services. They are prohibited from using funds to improve their facilities.
Recipients "may not use the funds for modernization, renovation or repair of facilities that are primarily used for sectarian instruction or religious worship," the bill states.
Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., offered an amendment to strike the Religious Freedom Amendment provision, but it failed during the Ways and Means Committee’s markup in September.
Kelly's press secretary, Matt Knoedler, said the congressman was "disappointed" his amendment didn't pass.
"The congressman was disappointed that Democrats wouldn’t grant such a simple request to help our children during previous negotiations," Knoedler told Fox News in a statement. "His Religious Freedom Amendment was an inclusive bill that would have given parents greater choice and allow them to pick a child care service that was best for them."
Also tied to the party’s Build Back Better social and climate spending package, House Democrats proposed several rules to curb retirement accounts of the rich, part of a broad restructuring of the tax code.
Wealthy individuals with more than $10 million in retirement savings would have to draw down their accounts each year, in a new type of required minimum distribution, or RMD, according to updated legislation issued Wednesday evening by the House Budget Committee.
Lawmakers would also close “backdoor Roth” tax loopholes for the rich, and prohibit individual retirement account contributions once those accounts exceed $10 million.
The measures are aimed at curbing the use of 401(k) plans and IRAs as tax shelters for the wealthy.
The proposals were included in an initial House tax proposal in September. However, the White House stripped the retirement-plan rules from a $1.75 trillion framework issued Oct. 28 after lengthy negotiations with holdout members of the Democratic party, who were concerned about some tax and other elements of the package.
Some of the earlier retirement proposals didn’t re-appear in the new iteration, however.