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DeLauro Secures Young Child Tax Credit, Improvements to the Child Tax Credit, Extension of Biodiesel Tax Credit

June 20, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC (June 20, 2019) – Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after the House Ways and Means Committee passed legislation that included an expansion of the Child Tax Credit and an extension of the biodiesel tax credit.

“I am proud to have helped secure the creation of a young child tax credit for children under 4 years old—something I have been working on for many years. Our youngsters deserve the best possible future we can provide them, and today’s changes will have a life-changing impact for on them and their families—lifting millions of children out of poverty. The Young Child Tax Credit would allow these families to qualify for a $3,000 tax credit, up from $2,000 currently. The tax extenders bill also makes the Child Tax Credit fully refundable, meaning that our most vulnerable families that currently make too little to be eligible will qualify for the full benefit for the first time. This is a monumental first step in creating child allowance in the United States which will give families the resources they need to pay their bills and get ahead. Beyond this step, I will continue to work with my colleagues to make the fully refundable Child Tax Credit and Young Child Tax Credit permanent by passing the American Family Act.”

“Today’s bills also included an extension of the biodiesel tax credit—which has been expired for nearly a year and a half. This provision is critical to supporting jobs in Connecticut—like those at American GreenFuels in New Haven—and heating our families’ homes. More than that, biodiesel is a renewable fuel that contributes to health of our communities, reducing emissions of greenhouse gases by half compared to petroleum diesel.”

“These are big wins for people in Connecticut and throughout the country, and I look forward to their swift passage in the House of Representatives.”

DeLauro has worked to expand the Child Tax Credit since March 2003, when she first offered an amendment in the Budget Committee to include all of the children left behind under the current system. Earlier this year, DeLauro introduced the American Family Act—a bill to expand the Child Tax Credit and create a new Young Child Tax Credit of $3,600—with Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), as well as Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA). The House bill currently has 182 cosponsors.

DeLauro has long-fought for renewable energy generation to create jobs and combat climate change. Earlier this month, DeLauro led a bipartisan letter to House Leadership and the Ways and Means Committee urging the extension of the biodiesel tax credit.