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House passes Child Tax Credit expansion: Report says 887K kids will benefit in NY

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The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to expand the Child Tax Credit, a development poised to benefit approximately 887,000 New York children under the age of 17 who are currently excluded from the full $2,000 benefit. This legislation, celebrated by many New York lawmakers, seeks to address the gap left by the expiration of the pandemic-era credit expansion, which significantly reduced child poverty rates.

Introduced amid bipartisan support, the bill aims to restore some of the pandemic relief measures that drastically cut child poverty before their cessation in late 2021 led to a surge in poverty rates. Bronx Representative Ritchie Torres, among the bill’s vocal supporters, highlighted its critical safety net role for families, akin to Social Security’s impact on senior citizens. Despite not fully matching the previous expansion’s generosity, the proposed enhancement is expected to aid 16 million children in low-income families across the nation in its inaugural year.

The bill’s passage through the House marks a significant step towards bolstering support for vulnerable families, coupling business tax breaks with crucial social safety measures. However, its future in the U.S. Senate remains uncertain, with some Republicans expressing concerns over its implications for the national budget and the potential political benefits for President Joe Biden. Advocates like Torres remain committed to advancing the legislation, emphasizing its investment value in the nation’s future.

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