As Fourth Child Tax Credit Payments Hit, Schneider Hosts Conversation with Tenth District Mother
DEERFIELD, Ill. – As the fourth round of monthly Child Tax Credit payments arrive to American families, Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) Friday hosted a conversation with Waukegan mother Amanda Douglas to discuss how the expanded Child Tax Credit will benefit Tenth District families like theirs. Video from the event can be accessed here.
As part of the American Rescue Plan passed by Congress in March, hardworking families have started receiving advance monthly payments of the Child Tax Credit of up to $300 per month, per child. The Child Tax Credit will lift 8,500 children in the Tenth District out of poverty and is expected to cut the national child poverty rate in half.
“The American Rescue Plan delivered a middle class tax cut for working families with the Child Tax Credit. I’m pleased to say that this has been an extraordinarily successful program, already raising more than 3 million children above the poverty level. The pandemic has turned even mundane expenses like diapers and clothing into a real serious burden and the Child Tax Credit has helped parents meet those expenses on a monthly basis. This critical support means that a child born into poverty today isn't destined to live the rest of their life in poverty. We need to be investing in young people and ensuring that they have the opportunities they need and deserve. I was grateful to speak with Amanda today to hear how the Child Tax Credit has helped her care for her children, Axel and Avery,” said Congressman Brad Schneider.
“The [Child Tax Credit] has alleviated my stress and concern day-to-day, knowing that there's going to be some sort of financial break in the middle of the month. It's helped me definitely obtain things that I need for my kids on a regular basis but also when things pop up. You can't predict those things and it's alleviated that constant worry of 'what am I going to do next?'” said Waukegan mother Amanda Douglas.
The full Facebook Live conversation is available here. More resources about the CTC are available on the IRS website in English and Spanish here.