As we all know,the number of children living in poverty fell to historic lows as an expanded child tax credit to an additional 19 million low-income children lifted them out of poverty.
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. Eligible parents received the rest of the credit when they filed their tax returns.
But as we also know, Republicans do not like government programs that work and actually help people (and not corporations, go figure). And so when the program expired in 2021, they were able to block it in the Senate, and the tax credit has been less for about a year and children have slipped back into hunger and poverty.
The Democrats are trying again to get it into some must-pass legislation, but Republicans…
Senate Republican leaders including Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. are digging in against expanding any part of the Child Tax Credit in the lame-duck session of Congress, per a Senate Democratic aide and three people familiar with the ongoing negotiations.
The Senate GOP’s resistance all but extinguishes the odds of Democrats clinching a last-minute victory on expanding the reach of the program to more poor families, which they had hoped to do before the new House gavels in next month under Republican control.
We’ve said it before: the GOP would arm wrestle each other to see who gets to kick-away Tiny Tim’s crutch, and probably duel each other to deny Oliver Twist another bowl of gruel.