Washington, D.C. – Today, Humanity Forward applauds the bicameral introduction of the Child Tax Credit for Pregnant Moms Act. This legislation builds on the existing Child Tax Credit provisions by supporting families with the costs of pregnancy, as well as planning for the care of a newborn baby.
“Targeting child benefits to expecting mothers is a great way to support prenatal health and offset surprise medical bills,” said Samuel Hammond, Humanity Forward Policy Council member and Director of Poverty and Welfare Policy at the Niskanen Center.
The CTC was originally created by Republicans and passed with bipartisan support in 1997. Since then, it has been expanded under Presidents Bush and Obama, doubled under President Trump, and temporarily expanded again by President Biden.
“As policymakers continue conversations on the future of the CTC and how to ensure it best supports families, we applaud the Members of Congress who introduced and support the Child Tax Credit for Pregnant Moms Act,” says Reginald Darby, Senior Director of Government Affairs for Humanity Forward. “The CTC bears a pedigree of bipartisanship through nearly 25 years of changes and iterations, and it has already proven to be both pro-family and pro-work. This bill would smartly extend the benefits to another critical population of households, acknowledging that the burdens of parenthood begin well before birth. It will further help parents manage the expenses of a new child and the challenges they may pose, on their own terms.”