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Vice President Harris speaks with the media before boarding Air Force Two on June 18. Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images.

Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday encouraged families to take advantage of the new child tax credit, arguing it's key cutting childhood poverty, The Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: The expanded tax credit, which was passed as part of the American Rescue plan, has the potential to decrease the number of impoverished children by 40%, the Post notes.

  • “When more families know about how they can get the relief, that is how we will be able to lift our children out of poverty,” Harris said. “That is how we will be able to lift up our nation’s middle class, as well.”
  • Harris was in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to push for an infrastructure package.

The big picture: The credit was expanded to cover low-income families who don't earn enough to pay taxes and $15 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant. The credit families can access will be paid out next month, per Washington Post.

  • In a video released Monday, President Biden called for the tax credit to extend beyond 2021 to “ensure that all working families can raise their kids with support and dignity they deserve.”

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Sep 27, 2021 - Politics & Policy

This week is crunch time for Biden's climate agenda

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

This week is critical to determining the fate of President Biden's climate agenda.

Driving the news: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last night pledged a vote on bipartisan infrastructure legislation Thursday, rather than today as initially hoped.

Senate Democrats join Biden to pivot Build Back Better strategy

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

A growing number of Senate Democrats are urging their colleagues to begin paring back the $1.75 trillion Build Back Better agenda to salvage what they can, abandoning hopes of the transformational to achieve the possible.

Why it matters: Democrats are desperate to notch a win. President Biden's popularity is sagging in the polls, the pandemic is raging and the party's record of passing crucial legislation has been muddled. Biden himself conceded during his news conference Wednesday that passing the parts was more likely than getting the whole.

Scoop: White House eyes vaccine mandate for migrants

A migrant receives a COVID-19 vaccination in Mexico before continuing to the U.S. border. Photo: Luis Barron/Eyepix Group/Future Publishing via Getty Images

The White House is considering requiring migrants aged 5 and older to receive a coronavirus vaccination as a condition for crossing the U.S.-Mexico border to await court hearings, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: The Biden administration has been offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people in immigration detention centers or shelters but hasn't yet offered it to other migrants who've crossed the border — much less required it.