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Letter: Congress must work to expand child tax credit

The expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC) needs to be restored. Research on the spending habits of those who received payments indicates that the money went for necessities, like food and childcare.

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The May 7 issue of the Grand Forks Herald highlighted two basic needs affecting families within our larger community: food and childcare. One article featured local letter carriers who are doing their 30th annual food drive to gather donations for five local food banks. Another article addressed the high cost of childcare for working families in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks and the resulting exodus of young parents from the workforce. It is heartening to witness local efforts to address these issues. At the same time, it is heart-breaking that our leaders in Congress haven’t done more.

The situation is dire not only here, but across the country. Last year our national leadership dropped the ball by failing to renew the expansion of the Child Tax Credit which gave families monthly checks of between $250 and $300 per child each month, assisting 36 million families across the country. A study from Columbia University noted that December payments alone kept 3.7 million children out of poverty. Now that those monthly CTC payments have stopped and the price of food is rising, 2 million more people with children have reported sometimes or often not having enough to eat, compared to last summer. Conditions have worsened for families, and so far, Congress has responded by looking the other way.

The expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC) needs to be restored. Research on the spending habits of those who received payments indicates that the money went for necessities, like food and childcare. I ask North Dakota’s congressional delegation, Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer, and Rep. Kelly Armstrong, to support the restoration of the CTC expansion through their influence and their votes.

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