More than 450 groups urge Senate to pass Biden package ahead of vacation

Group of over 450 organizations call on Senate to adopt President BidenJoe Biden Publicist ‘not associated’ with Kanye West at time of election incident: Trump spokesperson teases 2024 at Orlando event with O’Reilly Facebook executive says ‘people’, not platform, are to blame for the vaccine misinformation PLUSthe social spending and climate package, which has already been approved by the House, before adjourning for Christmas.

The organizations are specifically asking senators to reject any amendment that would weaken the racial equity impacts of the child tax credit and not drop it until the estimated $ 2,000 billion bill is passed. adopted by the upper house.

Signatories to Monday’s letter include Economic Security Project Action, Center for American Progress, Children’s Defense Fund, National Urban League, NAACP, National Women’s Law Center and UnidosUS.

“When the Build Back Better law reaches the Senate, we urge senators to reject all amendments, including those that would weaken the racial equity impacts of the child tax credit,” the groups wrote in a letter. to the 100 senators.

“The Senate must not suspend its work until this crucial legislation is passed,” they added.

The version of the Build Back Better law the House passed last month would extend monthly payments by one year and permanently make the child tax credit fully available to lower income families.

Parents with children under the age of six receive $ 300 per month per child under the program and $ 250 per month for each child aged six to 17.

Unless Congress takes action, however, the last monthly payment will be made on December 15.

Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Ron wydenRonald (Ron) Lee Wyden Expiration of Child Tax Credit Adds Pressure for Democrats on Money – Inflation Hits Highest Level in Nearly 40 Years It’s time for Congress to top it off deferred interest loophole PLUS (D-Ore.) Told reporters last week that the Internal Revenue Service advised Congress to pass the law by December 28 to ensure monthly payments are distributed on January 15.

The signatories wrote that the approval of the Build Back Better law would provide a “historic opportunity” to reduce child poverty and continue to support “the most vulnerable children”, especially those who are part of black and Latino families. .

They also said the bill “makes the largest investments in history in climate and environmental justice and makes transformative improvements to our nation’s health care infrastructure.”

Senate Democrats are seeking to pass all spending through budget reconciliation, which would thwart possible Republican obstruction by requiring only a simple majority vote for passage.

The Senate’s 50 Democrats, however, are not yet in agreement. Moderate sense Joe manchinJoe Manchin Amid multiple crises, Biden runs to NBC’s safe space with Jimmy Fallon Graham says Democrats need to ‘stop lying’ about Build Back Better, calls on House to revolt Expiration of tax credit for children adds pressure for Democrats MORE (DW.Va) and Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaMatt Taibbi: Mainstream media ‘in sync’ with Democratic Party Manchin faces pressure from Gillibrand, other colleagues on paid family leave Sinema meets students on voting rights at deadlock MORE (D-Arizona) did not both say whether they would support the bill. Manchin raised concerns about the size of the legislation and asked how it might affect inflation, which is currently near its highest level in 40 years.

Democrats are also awaiting news from the Senate parliamentarian, who has yet to release her unofficial guidelines on policies that do not comply with fiscal rules.

Majority Leader in the Senate Charles schumerChuck SchumerTrump struggles to clear GOP ground in North Carolina Senate race The coalition urges the Senate to post bills and amendments online while they are still under consideration. Some good news in the battle to rebalance the courts PLUS (DN.Y.), however, said its “goal” was to pass the Build Back Better Act before Christmas.

A coalition of civil rights groups wrote a letter to Schumer last week urging the upper house to approve the spending program “without amendments that would weaken critical racial equity impact provisions of the tax credit for children “.

Naomi Jagoda contributed.

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