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(CNSNews.com) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) gave a press conference in East Hartford, Conn., on Wednesday to promote President Joe Biden’s proposal for an expanded child tax credit and noted that she was a mother of five and that concern for the well-being of children is what took her “out of the kitchen to the Congress, from housewife to House Speaker.”
“I have five children of my own. That’s why I got the nine grandchildren,” Pelosi said.
“And when people ask me: Why did you ever go into politics? What motivated you? I tell them my ‘why,’” she said.
“My ‘why’ is that one in five children in America lives in poverty, goes to sleep hungry at night. That’s intolerable in our country. That’s intolerable in our country,” said Pelosi.
“And that’s what took me out of the kitchen to the Congress, from housewife to House Speaker–for the children,” she said.
“So, this vision of Joe Biden is just so aspirational and so in keeping with addressing the needs of our children,” said Pelosi.
The White House website has a page that explains President Biden’s child tax credit plan.
“For a family with two parents earning a combined $100,000 per year and two children under six, the Child Tax Credit expansion means an additional $3,200 per year in tax relief,” it says. “For a family with two parents earning a combined $24,000 per year and two children under six, the expansion means even more, with a credit increase of than $4,400 because the full credit was not previously fully available to them.
“The credit would also be delivered regularly,” says the White House. “This means that families will not need to wait until tax season to receive a refund. Instead, they will receive regular payments that allow them to cover household expenses as they arise.
“The American Families Plan will make permanent the full refundability of the Child Tax Credit, while extending the other expansions to the Child Tax Credit through 2025—when the 2017 law’s individual provisions expire,” says the White House.
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