Child Tax Credit Expansion Splits Wisconsin Delegation – Gwen Moore Votes Against Controversial $80B Tax Package

Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Representative Gwen Moore has long been an advocate for low-income families and children in Congress, focusing on fighting for policies that support their needs.

While Moore has worked to expand the child tax credit, she recently voted against a nearly $80 billion tax package aimed at doing just that. She argued that the measure does not do enough to address the needs of the poorest families, stating that the proposed changes would not reach the lowest-income children. Despite her opposition, the legislation passed the House on a 357-70 vote and is now headed to the Senate for consideration.

The tax package, negotiated by both Republican and Democratic lawmakers, would expand the child tax credit over the next three years, benefiting millions of children living in poverty. However, it falls short of the one-year child tax credit expansion enacted in 2021 through the American Rescue Plan Act.

Moore expressed concerns about the package, particularly around its impact on the poorest families and its work requirements. She believes that tying the child tax credit to work requirements could disproportionately affect low-income parents, making it difficult for them to qualify for the credit.

The proposed changes to the child tax credit would potentially lift about 400,000 children out of poverty, with approximately 224,000 children in Wisconsin becoming eligible for the program. However, the legislation has faced criticism from some Democrats who feel it does not go far enough to support the poorest families, and from Republicans who believe it may discourage work.

Despite her support for certain provisions in the bill, Moore ultimately found the proposed changes lacking. She stressed the importance of addressing the real-world impact of such policies and urged for more comprehensive measures to support low-income families.

The vote on the tax package highlighted divisions within Wisconsin’s congressional delegation, with some members expressing concerns about the impact of the legislation on different segments of the population. It is clear that the debate over the child tax credit expansion remains a complex and deeply divided issue in Congress.