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Garavito: Here’s what’s missing from Inflation Reduction Act


I am pleased that the Inflation Reduction Act will help Americans by reducing health care costs and making corporations pay a fairer share of taxes.

But there is one big missing consideration from the bill — the expanded Child Tax Credit.

The 2021 CTC expansion with monthly payments was nothing less than extraordinary. After payments began in July 2021, child poverty dropped by 40%, food security increased, and families finally made ends meet. But Congress let the expanded CTC expire at the end of last year.

Even though, currently Arizona has among the highest inflation rates in the country according to the U.S. Labor Statistics, families are still struggling with higher costs for rent, food and gas.

Congress is expected to pass a bipartisan tax bill at the end of this year, which will include tax breaks for corporations. That future bill must prioritize children and families first by not letting infrastructure spending offset spending and tax relief provisions allocated to children and families.

I urge our members of Congress to pass an expanded Child Tax Credit that reaches the lowest-income families and includes monthly payments in any tax legislation this year.