With tax credit push, White House seeks infrastructure momentum

Even as President Joe Biden’s administration pushes its next big legislative priorities, it’s engaged in a race to claim credit for a receding pandemic and a rebounding economy, tying positive trend lines to its $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief law, the American Rescue Plan.

On Monday, the White House plans to launch a new push as part of that effort: A child tax credit “day of action” to tout the benefits of another major Rescue Plan provision that will soon boost the income of tens of millions of American households.

The American Rescue Plan increased the child tax credit from $2,000 to $3,000 per child aged 6 to 17, and $3,600 for children under 6. Most Americans who qualify will automatically see monthly payments starting next month; the day of action aims to encourage others who qualify for the benefit to enroll before July 15.

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