NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Child tax credit money that appeared in parents’ bank accounts on Wednesday could be the last. The government began sending monthly checks in July as part of the fight against the pandemic. Unless Congress extends the program, it will expire in January, potentially leaving some Hampton Roads families in dire straits.
âIt helped with Christmas, it helped with different bills, the daycare,â said Chiquita Hubbard of Newport News.
The mother of two has been receiving $ 500 per month ($ 250 for each child) from the government for six months. This allowed her to work more from home while looking after her children, who have special needs, during the pandemic.
âI think it gave a lot of people hope. It gave us a sense of security, âshe told WAVY. Now, she said, as the benefit is about to expire, she feels abandoned.
Democrats, including US Senator Tim Kaine (D-Virginia), want to expand the program.
âI am strongly in favor of doing what we can to make sure that on January 15, we don’t leave these families dry,â Kaine said.
Democrats say the tax credit lifted more than three million children out of poverty this year, and without it they will back down. The President’s Build Back Better Act includes another year of payments. This law was passed by the House and now sits in the Senate.
ââ¦ But Republicans also told us we wouldn’t get a single Republican vote on this bill,â Kaine told WAVY.
The Senate is divided. Democrats need all 50 senators to say ‘yes’, but Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) is not on board. He would have liked to add a work requirement and an income limit of $ 60,000 per year. Leaving payments and parents in limbo.
10 On Your Side contacted the Manchin office and did not receive a response.
Democrats hope to pass this bill before Christmas. If this happens later, the IRS may not get the January checks until the 15th of the month. If the measure fails, this month’s payment will be the last for parents in America.