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One month later, here’s what it means

Just like the roads and bridges that help support our economy, affordable child care is essential to parents in the workplace. Both are critical – and both are infrastructure needed for our country to succeed.

That was true before the pandemic, when half of working families couldn't find affordable child care and mothers without affordable, accessible child care were 13 percent less likely to work. And is true today, as many struggle to recover from the pandemic and child care costs continue to rise.

As we build a strong economy, child care is a critical resource that allows families to survive and thrive. But child care is just one of the many expenses for working families. Thankfully, Democrats passed a new child tax credit last month that is helping families afford child care and other necessities, like housing and groceries. How many families?

35.2 million.

That means that 35.2 million families got a tax cut that will help them take care of their children.

And that was just the first of many specifically targeted child tax payments to help our working families get through these challenging times.

The Trump administration ignored the plight of working families, but Democrats saw and delivered a solution — without a single yes vote from Republicans.

This is what we fought for: making sure American families can afford the basics of everyday life.

And that's good for children and their families, our communities and the economy.

Suzanne Bonamici

Posted on August 17, 2021.

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Meet Suzanne

Suzanne knows what it’s like to struggle to make ends meet. She worked her way through community college, university, and law school. She started her career at Legal Aid and worked as a consumer rights attorney. Throughout her career she’s been a leading advocate for public education, protecting the environment, and civil rights. She’s fighting for a better future for all Oregonians.

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