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20.07.21

In his speech to the Senate, Durbin explained how the expanded child tax credit impacted a voter in Chicagoland

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today spoke in the Senate to highlight the impact of the historic expansion of the child tax credit included in the American rescue plan, which was made possible through the efforts of the Democrats and President Biden. In his remarks, Durbin stressed the importance of automatic monthly payments and estimates that the extended credit could cut child poverty in half this year.

“Last week was an important day for millions of Americans as the child tax credit went into effect on July 15 and many heard the good news that their checking and savings accounts had been increased because of this new child tax credit. It was part of the American bailout, President Biden’s proposal to put America back on its feet, ” said Durbin. “It was also a benefit that extended beyond poor and low-income families to middle-income families across America… We are especially proud that this injection of money in the hands of many families. literally means it raises them above the poverty line in America Almost half of children in poverty will be spared by this tax credit.

Durbin went on to share the story of Constituent Susana Salgado, a mother of three in the Chicagoland region.

“She is the mother of three children, an 11-year-old girl, 16 years old, 23 years old. Her family depends on her husband’s income. He works as a restaurant clerk in Chicago to pay the bills. But when the pandemic hit, its hours were cut dramatically. A return to normalcy remains elusive for people like Susana Salgado because at the same time her family’s means of subsistence have disappeared, their cost of living has increased. During the pandemic, as parents well know, school has taken over from home and a high-speed internet connection has become an absolute necessity for her children to attend school. Thanks to the improved Child Tax Credit, Susana can finally pay her monthly Internet bill… This means that her two youngest children can go to school and the older son can stay in college. Something as fundamental as this can make a difference in a young child’s progress and life ”, said Durbin.

The video of Durbin’s remarks to the Senate is available here.

Audio of Durbin’s remarks to the Senate is available here.

Images of Durbin’s remarks to the Senate are available here for TV channels.

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