Beatty Boosts Bill Cutting Taxes for Families with Children
WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) is joining forces with a group of leading Members of Congress and Senators to reintroduce the American Family Act of 2021, a measure to overhaul and strengthen the Child Tax Credit (CTC) to provide families with children the much-needed financial resources to weather COVID-19’s financial storm. Based on research from the Columbia University Center on Poverty and Social Policy, the American Family Act would cut child poverty by 38 percent.
“Too many parents in Ohio’s Third Congressional District and beyond are struggling to make ends meet because of the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Beatty said. “Even worse, the virus has drastically deepened economic inequalities, leaving tens of millions of families—many of whom are Black families—unable to put food on the table, pay their bills, and keep a roof over their heads.” She added, “The American Family Act will not only help hardworking families buy groceries, afford rent, and purchase the essentials they need, but the bill will also raise millions out of poverty in the long-term.”
If enacted, the American Family Act would:
- Increase CTC to $3,000 per child and $3,600 for a child under six;
- make the payments monthly ($250 and $300 for children under six);
- authorize the credit to be fully refundable, helping the one-third of families left out of the credit now to access the full benefit; and
- allow 17-year-olds to be eligible.