Earlier this week, Secular Pro-Life was pleased to join a coalition of organizations to support expanding the child tax credit.
Secular Pro-Life signed an open letter to Congressional leaders (Rep. Johnson, Rep. Jeffries, Sen. Schumer, and Sen. McConnell) urging them to pass the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act. This bipartisan legislation will expand the child tax credit, giving a financial lift to needy families. The letter opens:
As pro-life organizations, we support making sure mothers, fathers and their children have every tool and resource available to choose life and support families. American families face unprecedented challenges with higher costs of the most essential items for families such as food, gas, energy, health care, and housing. We write to you in support of an opportunity to advance a pro-family, pro-parent tax package that recognizes the unique challenges facing American parents today.
The Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act (H.R. 7024) would enhance the Child Tax Credit (CTC) to financially bolster families, promote life, and support growing families. This is especially critical during this time of devastating inflation and paralyzing economic uncertainty.
H.R. 7024 improves the CTC to better serve all families in need by adjusting the CTC for inflation so that they receive tax relief. This means as the costs of having a family increase, so will the resources moms and dads have to make ends meet and provide for their kids. The legislation would also stop penalizing parents for having more than one child by treating all children equally. This is not only fair for families no matter their size but also ensures support for growing families.
In addition to Secular Pro-Life, the signatories included Americans United for Life, Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, a Princeton professor, and various religious and conservative groups. Two days after the coalition letter, the measure passed the House. It has not yet come up for a vote in the Senate.