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The Expanded Child Allowance Will Reduce Child Poverty. How Can We Make It Permanent?

On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing how the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill will benefit families and children. The bill includes a historic measure of expanding the Child Tax Credit and making it a monthly payment. Low-income families would be the biggest beneficiaries. Today, four in 10 children in the US live in households that struggle to afford basic expenses. Advocates say it’s the most far-reaching anti-poverty legislation in more than 50 years. What questions do you have about the child allowance and what will it take to make it permanent?

Guests:

Arthur Delaney, senior reporter for HuffPost covering politics and the economy

Elaine Maag, principal research associate at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where she studies income support programs for low-income families and children

Web Resources: 

HuffPost, Arthur Delaney & Igor Bobic: The Most Consequential Policy In The COVID-19 Relief Law Is Still A Big Mystery

NPR, Anya Kamenetz:What The $300 A Month Child Benefit Could Mean For A Family On The Edge 

The New York Times, Jason DeParle: In the Stimulus Bill, a Policy Revolution in Aid for Children 

CalMatters, Jackie Botts: 'Revolutionary' federal stimulus bill could cut California child poverty by half 

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