The Republican-controlled house voted to 237-173, mostly right along party lines, in favor of making the child tax credit permanent and expanding it to families earning up to $205,000 a year.
However the bill fails to help minimum wage workers. If the bill becomes law, it would push 12 million families, including around 6 million kids into deeper poverty.
A working mom with a minimum wage job brings home $14,500 a year and would not qualify for help under the new bill and in fact would lose an additional $1,725 per year, while a family who makes $150,000 a year would see an increase of about $2,200 a year, according to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) referenced yesterday’s announcement of Paul Ryan’s new budget plan saying:
“Today, he and his House Republican colleagues will vote. Actions speak louder than words. And at every turn over the last three years, the actions House Republicans have taken have cut programs for low- and middle-income families.”
The bill took a swing at immigration as well by including a provision that would bar anyone from receiving the tax break if they do not provide a Social Security number. Immigrants, especially undocumented workers pay taxes using a tax identification number, and that would bar them from receiving these benefits.
The bill that is unlikely to pass the Senate, if it ever even makes it to a vote is simply another attack by the GOP on the poor and working class in their ongoing struggle to further the class divide.
Speaking to the Huffington Post Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) said of the bill:
“This bill does deserve a name. I think the best one would be ‘Pushing More People Into Poverty Act,’ since its net effect is to push 12 million people, including 6 million children, right into poverty or deeper into it,” The congressman said. “That includes 400,000 veterans and armed forces families who would lose all or part of their child tax credit.”
The bill would also add $115 billion to the nations deficit, something the GOP seems to be okay with, all the while complaining of any Democratic Party bill that does not include solutions to lower the deficit.
Here’s the video with the report from Huffington Post.
(h/t Huffington Post)