Politico: Democrats Want Covid Welfare Provisions to ‘Last Well Beyond the Pandemic Itself’

by Wendell Husebo

The Democrats are looking to expand the welfare state by making aspects of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus package permanent, such as the expanded child tax credit, which went from $2,000 to a maximum of $3,600 per child for one year.

Politico reported Sunday the Democrats are taking advantage of this opportunity during the Chinese coronavirus pandemic. “Getting something out of the [tax] code is often harder than getting something into the code,” House Ways and Means Chair Richard Neal (D-MA) said. “What we did is unlikely to go away.”

Even before the legislation was signed into law, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) stated, “We have been focused on these issues a very long time, but the moment has met us,” adding, “We are ready to move forward with a number of the areas that have not in the past been able to get that traction, that universal support.”

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