We are Humanity Forward, a 501(c)4 non-profit with the goal of strengthening families, decentralizing economic opportunity, and ending poverty in America. Humanity Forward advances smart, popular policies in Washington, D.C. on behalf of the American public.
Humanity Forward seeks to advance policy goals in Congress with the future in mind. To better adapt the economy to 21st-century challenges, the politics of our time must spotlight evidence-based solutions to benefit our families, our nation, and our world.
By working with Democrats, Independents, and Republicans, Humanity Forward bridges partisan divides over economic relief for everyday working people. Humanity Forward has worked towards victories for the public by conveying real-life situations from everyday people and critical data to legislative staff, House Representatives, and Senators.
That’s why Humanity Forward is a first-of-its-kind bipartisan lobbying operation. Just like corporate America, Humanity Forward invests in lobbying and ensuring a massive return on investment. Unlike corporate America, that return isn’t boosting a corporation’s bottom line — it’s being delivered to the benefit of the American people, communities, and families. In this way, Humanity Forward seeks to act as “The People’s Lobby” for American citizens in Washington, D.C.
Results of Our Work
Economic Impact Payments Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021
Following the success of $1200 stimulus payments disbursed to Americans as part of the CARES Act in March 2020, public approval of additional stimulus was high but unmet in actionable support by members of Congress.
In December of 2020, however, Humanity Forward successfully lobbied for the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 to include $600 stimulus checks for individual Americans with an adjusted gross income lower than $75,000. This amount was raised to $1,200 for those married and filing jointly or surviving spouses earning under $150,000.
The $900 billion appropriated for direct cash as a response to the pandemic was an unlikely inclusion to the Consolidated Appropriations Act without Humanity Forward’s bipartisan lobbying efforts and laid the groundwork for future work on direct cash policies in 2021.
Economic Impact Payments American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
Building on the popular reception of $600 stimulus payments from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, Humanity Forward set out to negotiate for additional economic support for Americans which would match the scale and ambitions of the first major bill to pass through 117th Congress.
The end result of these efforts was $422 billion appropriated for stimulus payments in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Humanity Forward successfully lobbied to increase the next stimulus payment to $1400 per individual for individual Americans with an adjusted gross income lower than $75,000. This amount was raised to $2,800 for those married and filing jointly or surviving spouses earning under $150,000.
Enhanced Child Tax Credit American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
Another policy that took root with the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 as a consequence of Humanity Forward’s efforts was the enhanced Child Tax Credit. Focusing on the youngest generation and families in America, Humanity Forward’s bipartisan work in Washington, D.C. helped to develop an expansion and advancement of the existing Child Tax Credit.
Under the Expanded Child Tax Credit, eligible American families are provided a credit of up to $3,000 per child over the age of 6 and $3,600 per child under the age of 6. The disbursement of this credit became monthly, the total dollar amount per child was raised, and the age limit for receiving these payments was raised from 16 to 17 as part of the American Rescue Plan Act. Eligibility for receiving the CTC was the same as the previous one-time stimulus payments with the credit phasing out past these thresholds. Monthly Child Tax Credit payments were disbursed to families from July to December 2021.
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