U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the importance of making the Child Tax Credit permanent through the Build Back Better budget reconciliation bill.
Brown’s office wrote the language added into the American Rescue Plan Act that created the Child Tax Credit. It provided more than 1 million Ohio families with a tax refund of at least $3,000, the largest tax cut for working families in the nation’s history, he said. All 50 U.S. Senate Democrats supported the bill when it passed in March, but the tax cut expired at the end of 2021 when the Senate failed to pass the budget reconciliation bill.
The tax credit has support of 48 Democrats, with U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) and Krysten Synema (D-Ariz.) opposing it. Brown hopes Manchin and Synema can be persuaded to support the tax cut and vote to pass the budget reconciliation bill.
Brown also spoke about the infrastructure bill. Money from the bill will soon be available to fund projects in Ohio, he said. The replacement of lead pipes in the state is particularly exciting, since much of the work will be done by union contractors.
Lastly, Brown talked about the Jan. 6 insurrection. He is concerned that nearly a third of the country does not view the uprising as a serious attack on the country. He said the current threat to democracy demonstrates the need to pass voting rights legislation to prevent voter suppression.
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