Third Stimulus Check: Stimulus check update: Booker wins Biden support for making higher child tax credit permanent
The $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus law included U.S. Sen. Cory Booker’s provisions to temporarily increase the federal tax credits for low-income households with or without children.
(BA)P2J7ZD4BO2NV3ZGCZW6NE”>For New Jersey, the provisions benefitted 1.6 million children and 354,000 workers without children, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a progressive research group.
Joining other members of the Congressional Black Caucus at the White House for the first time in more than four years, Booker left with President Joe Biden’s backing to make those increases permanent.
“With the president’s leadership, we will make those changes permanent, and in doing so have a transformational impact on America’s children for generations to come,” Booker said Wednesday. “This is the kind of compassionate governing and commonsense policies we need to help reduce racial inequality and help every American emerge stronger from this pandemic.”
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Biden told the group that the stimulus bill “reduced child poverty, and we reduced poverty in Black communities significantly, just by that act alone,” and said an “overall objective is to make those changes permanent.”
It was the first visit by caucus members in more than four years, since Donald Trump became president, which Booker noted on Twitter.
3MZZUQXM6CI”>At the meeting, also attended by Vice President Kamala Harris, the first Black elected to that position, and other White House officials, the participants discussed the ongoing criminal trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd, the recent killing of Daunte Wright in another Minnesota municipality, the justice and policing bill named for Floyd sponsored by Booker, and new economic opportunities for minorities.
“It’s about income,” he said. “It’s about being able to earn a living. It’s about being able to be in a position where you have economic opportunity.”
They also discussed some of the elements in his $2 trillion infrastructure proposal, including replacing all lead water pipes, addressing the disproportionate impacts of pollution on minority neighborhoods, building affordable housing, and boosting wages for caregivers, which the White House said were predominantly women of color.
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