Fox News host confronts GOP senator with data showing child tax credit reduces poverty
Fox News Sunday Host Mike Emanuel confronted Sen. Roy Blunt with data showing Democrats’ child tax credits dramatically reduce child poverty, wondering why the Missouri Republican opposes the President’s Build Back Better law Joe Biden.
Child tax credits, first approved as part of Biden’s US bailout in March, have provided families with monthly payments of hundreds of dollars more for each dependent child. But the program expires this month as the Senate failed to pass the Build Back Better Act, which would have extended child tax credits.
“Senator, one of the victims of the collapse of this bill is the child tax credit which expires at the end of the year. According to the Urban Institute, the continuation of the benefit could have an impact meaningful on child poverty, âsaid Emanuel, who serves as the network’s chief correspondent in Washington, Blunt said in an interview on Sunday.
Emanuel pointed out that the data shows that the child tax credit reduces “child poverty to about 8.4 percent from 14.2 percent, a drop of about 40 percent.”
“Is this a convincing argument to extend it?” Emanuel asked the GOP senator.
Blunt responded by saying that Republicans “doubled the child tax credit” with their 2017 tax bill during former President Donald Trump’s tenure in the White House. âThere is a cap on this income-based credit,â he said, noting that Democrats’ updated children’s tax credit higher income cap frustrates conservative and moderate members of Congress.
The Republican lawmaker said the Democrats’ plan “just doesn’t make sense. You know, putting a cap on families in need is what we can do, should do, and would do in the country – and I think that we could do it on a bipartisan basis. “
âOnce again, we doubled the child tax credit just a few years ago. And we need to look at that if that no longer meets the need to lift children out of poverty. But families earning $ 150,000, for example, are not in poverty in Missouri. I don’t think they’re almost everywhere in the United States, âBlunt added.
Emanuel went on to note that many have argued that the child tax credit “would strengthen financial security and spur economic growth in Missouri by lowering taxes for the middle class and those struggling to break into it.” .
“How do you respond? ” He asked.
Blunt pivoted to criticize tax changes to the Build Back Better Act that he and other lawmakers said would greatly benefit wealthy Americans. He then warned that the child tax credit and other parts of the Democrats’ proposed legislation were being designed as “gimmicks” in an attempt to make the programs permanent.
âThey assume that once you start all of these programs, you’re never going to be ready to stop them,â he complained.
Biden and his fellow Democrats aimed to push through the Build Back Better law through the budget reconciliation process, which would allow the legislation to be approved without any Republican support given the current composition of the Senate. However, this process requires the support of every member of the Democratic Senate caucus to be successful.
Senator Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat from West Virginia, shut down that possibility with his declared opposition to the big package in a Fox News Sunday maintenance last weekend.
“If I can’t go home and explain it to the people of West Virginia, I can’t vote for. And I can’t vote to continue with this bill,” Manchin said in this interview. “I can’t. I tried everything humanly possible. I can’t do it.”
Democrats have sharply criticized Manchin’s opposition to the bill. Biden and Democratic leaders have said they plan to continue negotiations with a view to getting the legislation approved in early 2022, but the future of the bill remains uncertain mainly due to objections from the West Virginia senator.