HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – On Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was in Connecticut to discuss the expanded federal child tax credit. She joined Governor Ned Lamont and Congressman John Larson at Goodwin University.
The legislation passed earlier this year as part of the House Democrats’ American Rescue Plan. According to Larson, three million children across the country have been lifted out of poverty thanks to the tax credit.
“These kids were falling behind and with this money, we can educate our kids and catch them up to the times,” said Carmen Rodriguez, a grandmother of nine in Hartford.
Rodriguez is just one of the thousands of parents living in Connecticut who are benefitting from the federal child tax credit.
Congress is debating whether to make the tax credit permanent. It’s part of a $3.5 trillion package covering Medicare, climate change, and childcare.
While there is bipartisan support on roads and bridges for the companion $1 trillion infrastructure package, the spending package faces hurdles from Republicans and Democrats.
“It’s a recognition of the value of children, how we support families, and how we must honor President Biden’s vision of something bigger than just building roads and bridges – as important as that is,” Pelosi said.
WEB EXTRA: Nancy Pelosi speaks at Goodwin University about the expansion of the Child Tax Credit
Gov. Ned Lamont added, addressing Speaker Pelosi, “Right now, Madame Speaker, we have more women collecting unemployment than men. We have to continue doing a better job making it easier for everybody to get back to work.”
Nationally, Pelosi says four million women lost a job during COVID and two million are still unemployed. The third child tax credit payment goes out next week.
The $3.5 trillion spending package and the infrastructure package are not expected to get to the president’s desk for a few months.