A bill sponsored by Republicans in both the House and Senate would expand the Child Tax Credit to include unborn children and their pregnant mothers.
The Providing for Life Act, sponsored by Representative Ashley Hinson, Republican of Iowa and Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, is comprised of nine parts—including an expansion of the Child Tax Credit.
The first part provides tax breaks to families by:
• Expanding the refundable Child Tax Credit (CTC) to up to $3,500 for under the age of 18, and $4,500 per child under the age of 6
• Expanding the CTC to provide support for unborn babies during pregnancy
• Making the Adoption Tax Credit fully refundable
“Supporting pregnant mothers and their unborn children is essential, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because America’s continued strength depends on the next generation,” said Rubio in a statement upon the bill’s introduction. “This comprehensive legislation will provide real assistance for American parents and children in need.”
In addition to tax breaks, the bill:
• Enhances paid parental leave and providing parents options and flexibility
• Expands WIC eligibility for postpartum women
• Enacts multi-tiered child support reform
• Mandates cooperation with child support for SNAP recipients
• Incentivizes states to establish rules requiring the father to cover half of women’s pregnancy costs
• Re-routes $100 million from the TANF contingency fund for grants to states for work activities for non-custodial parents under child support orders
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