March 26, 2021

Warren Joins Brown, Bennet, Booker, Wyden, Warnock in Push to Make Critical Tax Cuts for Workers and Families Permanent in Next Recovery Bill

Senators successfully included EITC & CTC provisions to put money in the pockets of working families and lift millions of children out of poverty in American Rescue Plan and are now pushing President Biden to make expansions permanent in the next recovery bill

Text of Letter (PDF)

Washington, D.C. – United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Rev. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), along with 40 other Senate Democrats, to send a letter to President Biden in a push to build on the success of the American Rescue Plan by making critical tax credits for working families permanent. 

The American Rescue Plan provided an historic investment in the economic well-being of children, families, and struggling workers. The one-year expansions to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) will help reward work, support families, and lift millions of children out of poverty. The Senators are now looking to build on this success by urging President Biden to make these critical tax credit expansions permanent in the next recovery plan he sends to Congress.

“The expansion of the so-called ‘childless adult’ EITC is expected to boost the incomes of 17 million low-wage working adults – many of whom are on the frontlines of COVID-19 crisis as delivery drivers, home health aides, and grocery store workers. The expansion of the CTC is estimated to cut child poverty nearly in half,” the lawmakers wrote. “We must not allow these critical expansions to expire after one year.” 

In addition to Warren, Bennet, Brown, Booker, Wyden, and Warnock, the letter was signed by U.S. Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.),  Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.), and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.).

Senator Warren believes that expanding EITC and CTC will give millions more Americans a foothold in the middle class and has been working to ensure families have these effective supports: 

  • Senator Warren joined Senators Brown, Bennet, Durbin, and Wyden, along with 38 senators, in a letter to Senate Leaders calling for an expansion of the EITC and the CTC during the coronavirus pandemic. 

  • Senator Warren cosponsored the Working Families Tax Relief Act, which would cut taxes for workers and families by expanding the EITC and CTC. The legislation would boost the incomes of nearly 50 million households and lift 7 million people out of poverty, including 3 million children.