Alabama 2nd District U.S. Rep. Martha Roby appeared alongside First Daughter Ivanka Trump as well Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday to promote the expansion of the child tax credit to help working families as part of a GOP tax-reform proposal.
“Expanding the child tax credit is the right thing to do,” Roby said at a news conference promoting the proposal. “For the people I represent, this can make a big difference. For that mom working a retail job or the dad driving the truck or the parent working two or three jobs so the other one can stay home – having a couple thousand dollars in your pocket is a big deal.”
She continued, “I promise you parents know how to spend that money better than the government does.”
Ivanka Trump, who has championed policies to help working families in the Trump Administration, said the child tax credit expansion is key to the President’s commitment to ensuring tax reform benefits middle class Americans.
“Today, the vast majority of American homes are dual income,” Ivanka said. “Our tax code has to recognize and support this reality and support our dual values of work and a family. Over the years, as wages have stagnated the costs of raising a family have grown exponentially,” she added. “It is a priority of this administration and it is a legislative priority to ensure that American families can thrive and that we deliver real and meaningful tax relief to middle-income Americans.”
Under the tax reform framework from House and Senate Republicans and the White House, the child tax credit, which currently provides working families with $1,000 per child, would be significantly increased and made available to more middle and lower income Americans.
Details of the tax reform proposal are still being crafted. Specifics about the current blueprint are available on the House Ways and Means website here.
Watch the full news conference including comments from Rep. Roby and Ivanka Trump below: