Child Tax Credit Payments Dependent on Build Better

The House passed Build Back Better last month, now awaiting the Senate

WASHINGTON (Nexstar) – What could be the last round of federal child tax credit payments was released to families on Wednesday. But Democrats want to extend them by adopting their Build Back Better plan.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said 60 million children have benefited, “a large number of them have been lifted out of poverty, out of poverty thanks to the child tax credit”.

Studies show that some of these children will face poverty and hunger again if child tax credit payments stop.

“It makes all the difference in the world for families who struggle to pay rent, families who struggle to pay for child care,” said Democratic Senator from Ohio Sherrod Brown.

Pelosi said she still believes the Build Back Better plan that passed in the House last month could be passed by the Senate. The plan also includes provisions for a free universal preschool, paid family leave and childcare subsidies.

But Republican Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina said Build Back Better could actually hurt families, especially those who are not eligible for grants “by eliminating options, raising costs and stealing hope. too many families “.

“A parent may decide to stay home because they can no longer afford to care for their children,” Republican Senator from Iowa Joni Ernst said. “And we know that more often than not it will be the mother.”

It’s unclear whether Democrats will meet their goal of adopting Build Back Better before the end of the year. Not all Democrats have expressed support, and some would rather see federal voting rights legislation come first.

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