WEEK IN REVIEW: CHAIRMAN JEFFRIES OUTLINES TRANSFORMATIONAL CHILD TAX CREDIT FOR EVERYDAY AMERICANS AS PAYMENTS HIT MILLIONS OF FAMILY BANK ACCOUNTS
NEW YORK – As the first expanded and improved Biden Child Tax Credit payments make their way to the pockets of millions of American families, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, spent the week highlighting this transformational assistance as we emerge from a once-in-a-century pandemic and Build Back Better For The People.
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BERMAN: You talk about the Child Tax Credit… This, at least as of now, is temporary. It's a one-year thing. So, you talk about it being transformational, how is it transformational if it's just for one year?
CHAIRMAN JEFFRIES: Because people are struggling right now. And President Biden and the Democrats were very clear: when we emerge from this pandemic, we're not going to go back to normal. There were challenges pre-pandemic. Almost half the American people reported that they couldn't afford a sudden, unexpected $400 expense. So we've got to create a better situation for middle class families, for working families, for low-income families. That's what the Child Tax Credit payments are going to do.
CHAIRMAN JEFFRIES: It’s going to be over 100,000 [families that will be helped by the Child Tax Credit] within the district, and it’s going to be tens of millions throughout the country. And this is a phenomenal step forward for the American people… What we’re engaged in right now, and we had a House Democratic Caucus meeting virtually yesterday with the Senior White House Advisor who is coordinating this effort, Gene Sperling, and I know the Administration is going to do a lot of outreach, Members of Congress are going to be doing a lot of outreach… I’m spending a lot of time at churches, barber shops, beauty salons, in and around daycare centers just to make sure we get the word out.
CHAIRMAN JEFFRIES: And yes, I support the fact that these tax payments are going to lift more than half of the children in America who are currently in poverty, out of poverty. We should celebrate that fact and we will not allow the Republicans to demonize it.
[…] And it’s consistent with what President Biden said we were going to do as we emerge from the pandemic, which is to Build Back Better, not go back to pre-pandemic normal, because during pre-pandemic normal, half of the American people reported that they couldn’t afford a sudden $400 expense. This is the wealthiest country in the history of the world. That’s unacceptable, Joe Biden thinks it’s unacceptable, House Democrats think it’s unacceptable, so do Senate Democrats. That’s why we’re doing something about it.
Child Tax Credit Press Conference, New York City, July 15
CHAIRMAN JEFFRIES: President Biden, House Democrats and Senate Democrats have been working hard, particularly over the last several months to crush the virus and to provide direct relief and assistance to everyday New Yorkers who continue to struggle to make ends meet. That is what the American Rescue Plan is all about. That is what the expanded and improved Biden Child Tax Credit is all about.
And as a result of the fact that the Child Tax Credit is now taking effect, help is not simply on the way for America's children and families. Help is here. The expanded and improved Child Tax Credit is effective today. Help is here today… It is a win for everyone, and not a single Republican voted for it. Not a single Republican.
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"House Democrats are the party of monthly child tax credit payments that help working and middle-class families. The radical right continues to bend the knee to Donald Trump," said House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries of New York.
Chairman Jeffries (@RepJeffries):
The Biden #ChildTaxCredit is the biggest middle class tax cut in generations.
Not a single Republican voted for it.
They all voted for the #GOPTaxScam (83% of the benefits to the top 1%).
House Democrats (@HouseDemocrats):
Thanks to @HouseDemocrats and @POTUS, the expanded #ChildTaxCredit will cut child poverty in HALF.
These payments will directly benefit families across the nation.
Find out more about these tax cuts at childtaxcredit.gov
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