Put Children First: Urge Federal Leaders to Expand Tax Relief for Families
Our nation’s child poverty rate is historically high, but there is a policy solution. Congressional leaders can make the choice to reduce child poverty by expanding the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
Recent US Census data shows that the temporary expansion of the CTC that was included in the American Rescue Plan led to a historic reduction in child poverty, lowering child poverty by more than 40%. This reveals a fundamental truth: these programs work and boost incomes for people who work but are struggling to make ends meet. Since the expanded child tax credit expired, nearly 4 million children have slipped back into poverty.
Even as Congress has this tremendous opportunity to deliver for children and families, press reports indicate lobbyists are pressuring Congress to deliver more significant tax breaks for businesses and corporations. Tell Congress to put families first: There should be no expanded tax breaks for businesses and corporations without expanding the CTC and EITC.
Take Action: Please take a few minutes to send a letter to your U.S. Senate and House representatives urging them to include the expansion of these essential programs in the end-of-year budget bill. The time to pass these policies is now, as this is the last chance this Congress has to act.