Let’s Pull the Child Tax Credit from the Ashes of the Social Infrastructure Bill

Andrew Wolk
Aug 23, 2021

A permanent child tax credit should appeal to Democrats and Republicans alike. Here’s why.

With surprising bipartisan support, the Senate recently approved a $1trillion infrastructure bill to improve America’s crumbling roads, bridges, and transit systems. It faces a tough road in the House though, where the Progressive Caucus has said it will not vote on the bill unless the Senate also passes a separate $3.5 trillion piece of social legislation that would invest in education, childcare, and paid family leave.

At this point, it is unclear whether the plan will pass, but if Congress wanted to pull an easy bipartisan win out of all this, it would do well to coalesce around making the child tax credit permanent.

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