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Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told reporters on Thursday that he is "stunned" by Sen. Joe Manchin's (D-W.Va.) opposition to a one-year extension of the child tax credit included in the Build Back Better deal.

What he's saying: Durbin said he was "frustrated and disappointed" because it seems unlikely that the legislation will be headed to President Biden's desk soon. "We missed an opportunity, but I'm not giving up."

  • "I can tell you the level of emotion at our caucus about the child tax credit is very high," Durbin said. "We were so proud of what we've accomplished there and for this to come up as an issue toward the end was stunning."

Driving the new: Manchin said Wednesday that he is interested in including a 10-year extension of the child tax credit instead of for just one year, which would ultimately increase the cost of the bill.

  • However, the senator is seeking to keep the overall cost of the legislation under $1.75 trillion. A 10-year extension would cost more than $1.5 trillion alone, according to a Congressional Budget Office forecast.

The child tax credit is viewed in the Democratic caucus as an effective tool to cut child poverty in half, Axios' Hans Nichols reports.

  • The American Rescue Plan passed earlier this year expanded the child tax credit from $2,000 per child to $3,000 per child, but the expansion is due to expire this month.

Go deeper: Manchin seeks child tax credit "we can afford"

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D.C. launches $900 monthly cash pilot for moms

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Over 100 new and expectant mothers in D.C.’s poorest wards will receive $900 a month in cash under a new city-funded pilot program to help families raise children.

Why it matters: The $1.5 million year-long program is one of the few of its kind in the nation, and it stands out for having no restrictions on how mothers can spend the funds to support their babies.

Jan 14, 2022 - Axios Atlanta

A look at Gov. Kemp's Georgia budget in a flush financial year

Gov. Brian Kemp greets state lawmakers before giving his State of the State address Thursday. AP Photo/Brynn Anderson

One of the strongest powers of Georgia’s governorship lies in its influence on the state budget, and Gov. Brian Kemp just outlined his budget plans for the year.

Driving the news: After a strong economic bounce back with record tax collections and a $2.2 billion surplus, Kemp has a lot of money to work with.

Biden's epic failures

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

In the two months since signing the $1 trillion infrastructure bill into law, President Biden has by almost every measure bombed big time on the things that matter most.

The big picture: Biden, who marks one year in office next Thursday, has never been less popular nationally, after personally lobbying his party and the public on Build Back Better and voting rights — and failing.