A group of Democratic lawmakers is renewing the push to make the child tax credit payments permanent, saying making them permanent would go a long way toward ending child poverty. The first round of payments reached families’ bank accounts last week. The payments — up to $300 per child — will be delivered every month over the next year under the American Rescue Plan.
Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ) on Monday met with families who have received their first payments under the program. The senators said the goal is to make the program permanent or at the least to extend it beyond this year as part of a $3.5 trillion budget package congressional Democrats plan to pass through reconciliation.
“It’s going to be expensive but there is no better investment that you can make in America than investing in children,” said Booker.