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Democrats are pouring cold water on Joe Manchin's suggested work requirement for the Biden child tax credit

Added 09-13-21 11:14:03pm EST - “A key House progressive and several Senate Democrats including Bernie Sanders started lining up against Manchin.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Democrats are pouring cold water on Joe Manchin's suggested work requirement for the Biden child tax credit”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Democrats in both the House and Senate on Monday started lining up against Sen. Joe Manchin's suggestion that people should be required to work in order to qualify for President Joe Biden's revamped monthly child tax credit (CTC).

Three Senate Democrats expressed opposition to the West Virginia Democrat's concept of work requirements, including two influential committee chairs. Among them was Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, who leads the Senate Banking Committee.

"Senator Brown believes that caregiving IS work, and the families receiving the CTC are working hard every day to provide for their children – some of them at multiple jobs," a Brown spokesperson said in a statement to Insider. "These tax cuts have lifted millions of kids out of poverty. That policy should continue." 

That was echoed by a spokesperson for Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado. The person said Bennet backed the House Democratic plan that would renew the monthly payments until 2025 and lock in the ability for families with scarce or no tax obligations to access the credit after that.

"He believes punishing the poorest children in America because their family's income is too low to qualify them for the CTC is self-defeating and incredibly compromising to them and to our nation's future," the spokesperson said in a statement to Insider.

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