Strengthening the Child Tax Credit
Every child deserves a fair shot at success. Today, too many parents are facing difficult realities as they try to raise a family. Stagnating wages, higher housing costs, and student loan debt are making it harder for parents to give their children the opportunities they need to succeed. In Washington state, approximately 226,000 children live below the poverty line.
That’s why I, along with Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced the American Family Act, which would strengthen the Child Tax Credit and help working families. The bill would make the Child Tax Credit fully refundable and help eliminate extreme poverty in the U.S. It would also create a new Young Child Tax Credit for children under 6 and expand the maximum benefits to $3,000 annually (up from $2,000).
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