HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — U.S. Rep. John Larson (D-1) and Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin (D) held a virtual press conference Monday to call for an extension of the expanded Child Tax Credit.

Passed last year as part of the American Rescue Plan, the expanded Child Tax Credit provided $180 million in tax cuts for over 77,000 families in Connecticut’s 1st Congressional District, officials said.

The monthly payments, which ranged from $250 to $300, have been going out to roughly 35 million families across the U.S. since July.

“At this point, there is study after study that shows that when families receive these child tax credit funds, they’ve used the resources to create opportunity for their kids… whether that’s in the form of providing healthcare, providing childcare, providing clothes, avoiding incredibly painful choices, between paying for rent or paying for school supplies. Those are the types of things these families are using these resources to pay for,” Bronin said.

The Child Tax Credit ended on Dec. 31. Lawmakers are now working to make the tax relief part of the Build Back Better Act, which is currently awaiting action in the U.S. Senate.