Congress has until the end of the week to pass a new funding bill. Important negotiations for programs children and families rely on, like the child tax credit, are happening now.
The child tax credit was increased in 2021 from $2,000 per child to up to $3,600 per child under 6 and up to $3,000 for children ages 6 through 17. Half of those sums were made available through monthly payments of up to $300 per child under 6 and $250 per child ages 6 through 17. Under the expansion, 2.1 million children were lifted out of poverty, according to the Census Bureau. It helped drive child poverty to 5.2 percent, a drop of 46 percent.
After a historic reduction in poverty, proven economic gains, and the improved outlook for children, it’s time for Congress to make it permanent. Tell your Members of Congress to pass a permanent expanded Child Tax Credit now.