35 million families will lose Biden's monthly child tax credit payments in 3 weeks if Congress doesn't step in
- Millions of families rely on the
child tax creditto make ends meet, but it expires in just weeks.
- It's unclear if
Congresswill act before the last payments go out on December 15.
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Over 35 million families are receiving monthly payments from President
However, the measure is expiring in three weeks if Congress doesn't step in to renew it with the last payments poised to go out on December 15.
The child tax credit currently provides up to $300 a month per child age 5 and under, or $3,600 annually. For children between ages 6 and 17, families can receive $250 each month, or $3,000 yearly. The Democratic stimulus law in March turned it into a one-year cash benefit for families in a bid to cut child poverty by up to half.
Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, a leading advocate, told Insider last week he believed December 15 was functioning as a deadline for Democrats to pass the sprawling legislation. He pushed back on the suggestion the onus was on his party to renew the child allowance in time.
"Don't put it on the Democrats as they let it expire," Brown told Insider. "Republicans have done nothing."
Congress will juggle competing priorities on its to-do list once it returns after the Thanksgiving break, including an extension of government funding and lifting the debt ceiling so the US can continue repaying its bills. It's unclear whether Democrats will be able to pass the party-line bill by then, though they're aiming to approve it by Christmas.
Even if lawmakers blow past the Dec. 15 deadline, it's possible the Internal Revenue Service can move swiftly to prevent a lapse in payments by mid-January. The third wave of $1,400 direct payments started landing in bank accounts within days of Biden approving the stimulus law earlier this year.
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