June 21, 2021 Press Releases

Arizona Democratic Party and House Democrats on Child Tax Credit Awareness Day, Biden’s Historic Investments in Children and Families

PHOENIX –– The American Rescue Plan—passed earlier this year by President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress—included historic investments supporting low- and middle-income parents, including the expansion of the Child Tax Credit that lifted 112,000 Arizona children out of poverty. Now, on Child Tax Credit Awareness Day, the Arizona Democratic Party is calling on Republicans in Congress to stop playing politics with children’s futures by supporting President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda and passing proposals that will lift thousands of kids out of poverty.

By expanding the tax credit, President Biden and Democrats in Congress provided direct payments of $3,000 per child over the age of six and $3,600 per child under the age of six to more than 1.5 million Arizona families. To build on that success, President Biden is working to extend that historic tax relief for working families through the American Families Plan.

The permanent expansion of the Child Tax Credit would reduce the child poverty rate in Arizona by 51 percent and lift 215,000 kids out of poverty, yet Republican lawmakers like Andy Biggs, David Schweikert, Debbie Lesko, and Paul Gosar remain opposed to it.

“As we slowly recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents and caretakers are still working from home while watching young children, dealing with closed or reduced-hours child care centers, or still out of a job altogether, and struggling to put food on the table,” said Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01). “Under the American Rescue Plan, our expanded Child Tax Credit will lift hundreds of thousands of Arizona kids out of poverty, provide a lifeline for struggling parents, and help families buying essentials like diapers, food, and more. As we rebuild from this global health crisis, we must ensure we’re keeping the needs of our kids at the forefront.”

“As a mom and grandmother myself, I know how rewarding—and expensive—it is being a parent. The Child Tax Credit puts more money in the pockets of hardworking parents to pay for groceries, school supplies, or childcare,” said Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-02). “Help is here, and I encourage Arizona families to take advantage of the credit they deserve.”

“Democrats made a historic investment in our working families by expanding and increasing the Child Tax Credit,” said Congressman Raúl Grijalva (AZ-03). “Our economic recovery must start with our families, and thanks to the American Rescue Plan, Arizona’s hardworking parents will have money in their pockets to provide for their families and set our children up for success.”

“The child tax credit will lift millions of families out of poverty, helping them put healthy food on the table, cover rising childcare costs and pay the bills. We need to spread the word to eligible Arizona families and encourage Republicans to join Democrats in supporting President Biden’s American Families Plan so that children can benefit from this help for years to come,“ said Congressman Ruben Gallego (AZ-07).

“President Biden’s American Rescue Plan was a once-in-a-generation investment in our children and our families—helping thousands of parents cover the basic expenses that too many struggle with,” said Arizona Democratic Party Executive Director Charles Fisher. “While Democrats in Washington prioritize support for working families, the GOP remains steadfast in their opposition to a plan that would cut the child poverty rate in Arizona by more than half. It’s far past time that Republicans in Congress join Democrats in supporting the American Families Plan to deliver the changes many families in Arizona so desperately need by making President Biden’s child tax credit a permanent poverty-fighting tool.”

Last month, state lawmakers, parents, and educators joined the Arizona Democratic Party to discuss how President Biden’s American Families Plan would help lift up children and families across the state and calling out the Arizona Republicans who oppose it.

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