President Joe Biden wants to include the child tax credit in his $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus relief program permanently, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Tuesday.
Biden and other officials in his administration travel across the United States to promote and explain the newly enacted relief measure, which provides $ 1,400 in stimulus checks to most Americans.
The package also extends the U.S. federal child tax credit for one year to a fully refundable $ 3,600 credit for children under 6 and $ 3,000 for children ages 6 to 17, from at a partial refund of $ 2,000 per child.
Experts say this step will significantly reduce child poverty in the United States. Nearly 11 million, or one in seven, U.S. children live in poverty, the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank, estimates.
“The president wants to make the Child Tax Credit permanent,” Psaki told reporters in response to a question.
Senate President Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, both New York Democrats of Schumer, said Sunday they will push to include enhanced child tax credits in their advances in other initiatives, including the law to upgrade US infrastructure.
Psaki said Biden is looking at various proposals, including one from Republican Senator Mitt Romney, to continue to give credits to Americans, and views them as critical to bringing women back to power. -making.
“She believes it’s also one of the ways we can help address the number of women – women workers – who are moving into the workforce,” she said. “But we just have to find a vehicle, and we’re doing those discussions in Congress.”
(Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Peter Cooney)
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