CV NEWS FEED // Several pro-life and pro-family organizations have expressed their resounding support of a pro-child tax credit legislation that the House is set to vote on February 1.
Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee Jason Smith (R-MO) announced in a January 29 press release about the new support for the legislation, called The Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act.
Smith stated in the January 29 press release that the Act “improves today’s child tax credit in multiple ways – most notably providing parents with relief from high prices by adjusting the tax credit for inflation and eliminating the penalty for larger families to ensure the child tax credit phase-in applies fairly to families with multiple children.”
Among the groups endorsing the legislation are Susan B. Anthony, Americans United for Life, Concerned Women for America LAC, Eagle Forum, HSLDA Action, and National Association of Evangelicals. The groups sent a letter on January 29 to Speaker of the House Mike Johnson endorsing the legislation, especially from a pro-life perspective.
“As pro-life organizations, we support making sure mothers, fathers and their children have every tool and resource available to choose life and support families,” they wrote:
American families face unprecedented challenges with higher costs of the most essential items for families such as food, gas, energy, health care, and housing. We write to you in support of an opportunity to advance a pro-family, pro-parent tax package that recognizes the unique challenges facing American parents today.
According to CBS News, “The legislation would make it easier for more families to qualify for the child tax credit, while increasing the amount from $1,600 per child to $1,800 in 2023, $1,900 in 2024 and $2,000 in 2025.”
The pro-life groups wrote in their letter that the legislation “would enhance the Child Tax Credit (CTC) to financially bolster families, promote life, and support growing families. This is especially critical during this time of devastating inflation and paralyzing economic uncertainty.”
“The legislation would also stop penalizing parents for having more than one child by treating all children equally,” the letter continued:
This is not only fair for families no matter their size but also ensures support for growing families. The bill also promotes economic growth by strengthening incentives to work by reducing families’ marginal rate by 15 percentage points per child for parents with earned income.
Representative Chris Smith, Co-Chair of the Pro-Life Caucus, also expressed his support for the legislation. The January 29 press release quoted Chris Smith, who said:
Under no circumstances should large families be penalized by our tax code. At a time where many are struggling to make ends meet, this legislation will help deliver critical economic relief to large American families–and those that are still growing–by ensuring the child tax credit work incentives apply equally to families across the board.
Find the full list of pro-life, pro-family organizations endorsing the legislation here.