Vice President Kamala Harris admitted on Friday that part of the goal of the Democrats’ $ 1.9 trillion US bailout, which received no Republican backing, was to adopt social policies to resolve issues such as child care.
“That was the intentional goal of the US bailout, which was to look at child care, watch our educators, watch our kids, lift them out of poverty,” Harris said in New Haven, Connecticut, on Friday. “And to do what has long been neglected, which is to understand that our children – we cannot subordinate them in public policy, as you know, is because I guess they are small people, small problems. “
Notably, the American Rescue Plan increases the child tax credit from $ 2,000 up to $ 1,600 for parents of young children, and it also expands eligibility.
The earned income tax credit has also been expanded.
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Harris also said that items included in the bill intended to help households, including direct payments and an extension of unemployment benefits, indirectly help children as part of supporting the family in which the child is. Student.
Republicans resisted the massive spending effort in part on the grounds that it was “not the virus,” as Minority House Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. At a press conference earlier this month. Instead, they said Democrats were using their majorities in Congress to advance their own taxpayer spending agenda.
“It’s a waste of money, less than 9% goes to COVID. It is a reward for [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi’s political friends, ”McCarthy said in an interview with Fox & Friends.
Senator Bill Hagerty called the legislation a “Democratic wish list of socialist programs.”
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As the Washington Post reported earlier this month, Democrats reportedly mounted an “11-hour push” in the final days before the relief bill was passed to encourage President Biden to fight back. child poverty a priority – which has resulted in the creation of what the publication describes as a “sudden and unexpected” $ 120 billion social program.
Republicans have not specifically criticized the law’s child care provisions, but rather tend to attack what they see as superfluous spending.
The administration is reportedly planning two more spending initiatives – an investment in infrastructure and a “people-centered” domestic policy.
It’s unclear how much the proposals would cost – a price tag of $ 3 trillion has been announced – but the White House has said it will raise taxes on wealthier households and businesses to offset some of those expenses.