By Brianna Lyman
Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said the White House must include a work requirement and family income cap at $60,000 if President Joe Biden wants the child tax credit expansion to pass, Axios reported Sunday.
Democrats are pushing to expand monthly child tax credits permanently as part of their spending package despite little public support.
Biden signed the coronavirus relief package in March, expanding the payments beginning in July and lasting through July of 2022. Under the plan, families receive $300 monthly for each child under the age of six and $250 for a child between the age of six and 17.
A recent Politico/Morning Consult poll found 52% of those polled do not think the child tax credits should be extended.
Families with young children could receive up to $3,600 per year with the credits, according to Axios. But the expansion of the credit also extended the benefit to families without taxable income. The program, however, could cost $450 billion to extend over the next four years, according to the report.
Should Manchin get his way with an income cap and a work requirement, the cost would be reduced, though it is unclear by how much, according to the report.
Manchin has been outspoken about his opposition to expanding the credit, insisting it be tailored toward low-income families and attaching it to a work requirement.
“I support child tax credits. I sure am trying to help the children,” Manchin said in September while on CNN, according to Insider. “You want to help the children and the parents that are basically providing for those children. There’s no work requirements whatsoever. There’s no education requirements whatsoever for better skill sets. Don’t you think, if we’re going to help the children, that the people should make some effort?”
Manchin and Democratic Arizona Kyrsten Sinema are the only two Democrats that have expressed opposition to Biden’s $3.5 trillion spending package, engaging in a months-long standoff with the party’s left wing members.