Crist Leads House Dems in Call to Make Child Tax Credit Permanent

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) lead his Democratic House colleagues in sending a letter to Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) of the Ways and Means Committee in support of his effort to make the Child Tax Credit from the American Rescue Plan permanent.

“The expanded Child Tax Credit has dramatically improved the lives of millions, cutting child poverty in America in half,” said Rep. Crist. “In my home state of Florida, this tax cut has been a monthly benefit for roughly 3 million families. Since we know that stronger families equal a stronger Florida, we should take this historic reconciliation opportunity to make this historic tax cut permanent.”

The Child Tax Credit from the American Rescue Plan of 2021 provides parents with a tax cut of up to $3,000 per child, $3,600 for each child under 6 years of age. Most families began receiving a monthly advance on the tax cut that began on July 15, 2021. If Congress does not act, the improved Child Tax Credit from the American Rescue Plan will expire at the end of 2021.

A PDF of the letter can be found here, with text appearing below:

The Honorable Richard Neal                                     
House Committee on Ways and Means                                   
1102 Longworth House Office Building                                                       
Washington, DC 20515                                             

Dear Chairman Neal:

As you work to develop the Fiscal Year 2022 budget reconciliation package, we write to support the House Committee on Ways and Means’ efforts to make permanent the 2021 Child Tax Credit (CTC) provisions of the American Rescue Plan. The Congressional Research Service predicts that the CTC will nearly halve the number of children that live in poverty in the United States.[1] Additionally, the expanded CTC corrects the inequity of previous iterations of this tax credit by including those that need it most – lower income families. Among the noteworthy changes, the CTC made the credit fully refundable and guaranteed that lower income families receive the full benefit. In addition, the Advance Child Tax Credits payments are putting relief directly into the pockets of the middle class and working families.

We are grateful for your leadership in drafting the expanded Child Tax Credit in the American Rescue Plan, and we applaud your foresight to prioritize making it permanent through reconciliation.  As you know, this historic tax cut Democrats achieved for the American people is already strengthening families and strengthening America.  Unfortunately, without continued action, families will lose this assistance in the new year. We stand ready to support your important work in this area.  Thank you for putting American families first.


Charlie Crist                                                 Suzanne Bonamici

Cori Bush                                                     Kathy Castor

Ted Deutch                                                    Jahana Hayes

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