Op-Ed: Joe Manchin is choking off one of America’s best anti-poverty programs
The expanded child tax credit (CTC) has been one of the United States’ most successful anti-poverty programs in decades, and it’s shameful that Congress has not extended it for 2022. About 3 million children were kept out of poverty when the program started last July. The premise was simple: Raise the amount of the credit a little, and give it out monthly instead of waiting for families to claim it once a year on their tax returns. For every child under 6 years old, low- and middle-income families received $300 a month, and for each child between 6 and 17, families received $250 a month.
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