Will Republicans Try Blocking Help for Nearly 90% of American Children?

A new study reveals the dramatic benefits that would come from continuing the expanded child tax credit, which would help almost 90% of all children in the United States and significantly reduce child poverty. We all remember when Republicans voted against a plan projected to cut child poverty in half, and when Democrats deliver again, you can be sure Republicans will be held accountable for trying to stand in the way.

CNBC: Keeping the expanded child tax credit would help 65.6 million American kids

  • “Continuing the expanded child tax credit, which is set to expire after 2021, would help millions of American children, including lifting some out of poverty, according to new research.”
  • “As many as 65.6 million American children — 90% of all kids in the U.S. — would benefit from an expanded child tax credit, such as the one proposed in President Joe Biden’s American Families Plan, a study from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has found.”
  • “In addition, the changes to the child tax credit proposed by the act would lift 4.1 million children out of poverty, cutting the overall poverty rate by about 40%, the study found.”
  • “The child tax credit was enhanced in the American Rescue Plan Act, signed into law by Biden in March. For 2021, the maximum enhanced child tax credit is $3,600 for children younger than age 6 and $3,000 for those 6 to 17. Part of the credit will be given as monthly payments: $300 per child younger than 6 and $250 for those 6 to 17, starting July 15. Biden’s American Families Plan proposes keeping the expanded child tax credit through 2025 and making the regular child tax credit permanently refundable so that families with the lowest incomes can still benefit from the tax break.”
  • “‘The anti-poverty effects are historic and important,’ said Kris Cox, deputy director of federal tax policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and one of the study’s authors. The research found that an expanded continued child tax credit will benefit nearly all children in the U.S., she said.”
  • “Making the full credit available to all families, even those with low income or no income, would help some 27 million children, according to the study. It would also help many children of color. Of those 27 million who would become eligible for more money, 9.9 million are Latino, 5.7 million are Black and nearly 1 million are Asian, the study estimates, while 8.8 million are white.”