Congress must resume the Child Tax Credit immediately

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As Americans file their taxes, it’s important to remember how important the expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC) has been for children and families.

According to a new study from the Brookings Institution, the 2021 changes to the CTC, including shipping as a monthly payment, had a profound impact. Child poverty was reduced by 40 percent. CTC recipients lived healthier lives, invested more in their children’s education, and were less likely to rely on payday loans. Families spent their CTC payments on rent, food and clothing for their children, the same costs going up for all of us now.

But some lawmakers stopped an extension of CTC payments. As a result, 3.7 million children fell below the poverty line in January. And 1.4 million CTC households have left their jobs because they can no longer afford childcare.

Economists say extending the CTC is critical to helping families facing the rising costs of inflation. How much more evidence do lawmakers need before they do the right thing?

I am calling on our members of Congress to extend the permanent fully refundable CTC and resume monthly payments immediately.

Leslie Boyer

Bremerton


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