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BPC Applauds Bicameral, Bipartisan Bill Supporting Working Families

Washington, DC – Today, Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Krysten Sinema (D-AZ) along with Reps. Colin Allred (D-TX) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) are introducing the Advancing Support for Working Families Act, a new bipartisan bill to provide support for American families.

Adrienne Schweer, a senior fellow leading BPC’s Paid Family Leave Task Force, released the following statement:

“We applaud the bipartisan focus to help working families in the legislation introduced by Sens. Cassidy and Sinema and Reps. Allred and Stefanik. A huge body of research tells us how critical the first year of life is to a child’s development. Unfortunately, that first year of life can also be very expensive for the family.

“That’s why BPC has also long supported modernizing the Child Tax Credit to put more money in the pockets of working families with young children. In 2017, as part of a package of early childhood development recommendations, BPC called for expanding the CTC by $2,500 per eligible child through age five.

“This proposal, coupled with other measures to expand the Child Tax Credit, could make a real difference in the lives of many American families.”

Adrienne Schweer is available for comment.