Nov 15, 2017

Ivanka gets her way on expanded child tax credit

Ivanka Trump arrives in Tokyo yesterday. (Yoshitaka Sugawara/Kyodo News via AP)

Ivanka Trump achieved her goal in the modified tax bill: an expanded $2,000 child tax credit. She has been lobbying members of Congress for months to get this done; and in the end faced relatively little determined opposition.

Why it matters: The idea — though it's expensive and doesn't simplify the tax code — appealed to conservatives who might otherwise oppose it because they view it as being a pro-family policy.

Here's Marco Rubio & Mike Lee — the two GOP Senators most crucial to lobbying for the expansion of the child tax credit:

  • Rubio: "While I still need to see details, I welcome news from the Finance Committee that the child tax credit will be expanded to $2000. I remain committed to ensuring that tax reform provides real and meaningful relief for working American families."
  • Lee: "I am thrilled to hear that the revised Senate tax reform proposal will double the child tax credit to $2,000 per child. Details are still being worked out, and I eagerly await their release. But if true, this could provide unprecedented tax relief for working moms and dads, and a great victory for American families."

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Protesters gather north of Lafayette Square near the White House during a demonstration against racism and police brutality, in Washington, D.C. on Saturday evening. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

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Why it matters: Twelve days of nationwide protest in the U.S. has built pressure for states to make changes on what kind of force law enforcement can use on civilians and prompted officials to review police conduct. A memorial service was held for Floyd in Raeford, North Carolina, near where he was born. Gov. Roy Cooper ordered all flags to fly at half-staff to honor him until sunset.

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Despite a ban on large gatherings implemented in response to the coronavirus pandemic, protesters rally against racism in front of the American Embassy in Paris on June 6. Photo: Julien Mattia/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

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