VIDEO: Senate Republicans Block Bill to Extend Child Tax Credit

Child poverty soared after a pandemic-era child tax credit policy lapsed. Senate Republicans just blocked an attempt to revive it.

 
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Monday was tax day, and Senate Republicans are still weighing whether to pass or block a new bill reviving the extension of the child tax credit, which helped cut child poverty in half after during the pandemic. That extension expired, however, and child poverty soared almost immediately. The new extension would not be as big as the first, but it would still improve the lives of more than 500,000 children in North Carolina, Ailen Arreaza, Executive Director of ParentsTogether Action, said in an interview last week. For many parents, she said, the extension meant the difference between having to decide whether to pay bills or feed their children three meals a day.

By Michael McElroy

April 17, 2024

 

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Monday was tax day, and Senate Republicans are still weighing whether to pass or block a new bill reviving the extension of the child tax credit, which helped cut child poverty in half after during the pandemic. That extension expired, however, and child poverty soared almost immediately.

The new extension would not be as big as the first, but it would still improve the lives of more than 500,000 children in North Carolina, Ailen Arreaza, Executive Director of ParentsTogether Action, said in an interview last week.

For many parents, she said, the extension meant the difference between having to decide whether to pay bills or feed their children three meals a day.

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  • Michael McElroy

    Michael McElroy is Cardinal & Pine's political correspondent. He is an adjunct instructor at UNC-Chapel Hill's Hussman School of Journalism and Media, and a former editor at The New York Times.

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