As part of the American Rescue Plan Act passed in March 2021, Congress approved a new expanded child tax credit. The credit committed, among other things, to monthly payments for the last six months of 2021 to most American families.
The policy succeeded in its stated goal of drastically reducing child poverty in the United States.
However, the credit didn’t last that year, as the Build Back Better account was not approved and the child tax credit reverted to its previous version in 2022, without the monthly check.
The HuffPost looked this week at why the Democrats haven’t spoken about this successful policy on the campaign trail.
The grant lasted only six months, and the triumphant messages have been largely absent from the campaign trajectory ahead of next week’s midterm elections, in which Republicans have a strong chance of winning one or both chambers of Congress. the story.
Democrats, HuffPost noted, are more likely to talk about Social Security than about the child tax credit. The publication cited a study by the Wesleyan Media Project that found that only 0.2 percent of federal campaign ads in the generational election mentioned the child tax credit.
References to child tax credits appeared in only 0.3 percent of gubernatorial and 0.2 percent of federal broadcasts by 2022. federal broadcasts, with the bulk (more than two-thirds) of these mentions in pro-democracy advertisements,” that study said.
Some candidates have aired commercials berating opponents for opposing the credit, while others have torn apart proponents of the child tax credit for credit going to convicted felons.
sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) is a rare candidate who has expressed support for the child tax credit.
“We have shown that we do not have to accept this level of child poverty as a permanent state of our economy or a permanent state of our democracy,” the senator said in a recent speech. “And I can tell you, the main reason I want to go back there is to make that permanent. That’s what we have to do.”
There are a number of other reasons why politicians have distanced themselves from the extended child discount. There’s the simple fact that the Democrats weren’t able to keep the credit, and advertising would announce a failure. There is also a belief among some that credit, along with the stimulus, has contributed to inflation, which was a major problem in this fall’s campaign.
Stephen Silver, a technology writer for The National Interest, is a journalist, essayist and film critic, who is also a contributor to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Street Review and Splice today. Stephen is a co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle and lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.