Working families counting on the child tax credit

I never thought raising a young child would be easy, but I never expected it to be so expensive. The financial stress is real and made worse by the pandemic. When I had to pay for child care, it was very hard on me financially.

Many women like me have had to quit their jobs to take care of our children, a reality that has made our family’s financial situation even more difficult. I’m a single mom, but that only motivates me to keep moving forward.

Fortunately, millions of moms are getting a little relief from the temporary expansion of the child tax credit. It has been a breath of fresh air for millions of families, especially those struggling to afford basic necessities like food, rent or transportation.

Since July 15, I automatically receive a monthly payment for my child. I use these funds to buy food, clothes for my child and school supplies.

I am very offended by anyone who says that the child tax credit is “just an increase in government spending” or that it is simply a handout that discourages people from working. The credit is a tax cut for working families. It allows families to keep more of what they earn so that they can pay for the costs of raising children.

The problem is, unless the Senate acts quickly to pass a bill that extends the program, it will expire at the end of the year and millions of families will start to struggle again to make ends meet.

For years, we’ve watched politicians in Washington, DC, give tax cuts to wealthier Americans and businesses. It’s not like we’re asking to become millionaires or take space walks; we are simply asking for enough money to live and give our children a fair chance to have a better life.

If our leaders truly believe that children are our future, it’s time for them to prove it by putting their money where they say it is. It’s time for Washington to show working families that they are on our side – not only during this pandemic but all the time.

That is why today I am imploring all of our representatives in Washington to make the Child Tax Credit permanent by voting to pass the Build Back Better Act.

My message to them is simple:

“Now you have the opportunity to improve the lives of millions of children and make it pay off by charging tax-evading businesses and the richest Americans their fair share. Do the right thing! We’re counting on you.”

Evelyn Alvarado is a single mom who lives in Las Vegas.

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