NWLC Leads 80 National Organizations in Urging Senate Leadership to Attach Bipartisan Tax Bill to Must-Past FAA Reauthorization

Washington, DC – Nearly 100 days after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Tax Relief for American Families Act, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) is leading 80 national organizations in calling on the Senate to either attach the bill to a must-pass vehicle, such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act, or bring it up to the floor for a vote.

To read the letter to Senate leadership, click here.

This latest action supports efforts by Senate Finance Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR) to attach the bipartisan tax bill to the FAA reauthorization, which must be reauthorized by May 10th.

“The [Child Tax Credit] provisions in this bill would benefit 16 million children in families with low incomes in the first year, including one in three Black and Latino children and three in ten American Indian/Alaska Native children,” the signers wrote. “No other legislation before this Congress would have anywhere close to this bill’s impact on reducing child poverty and helping families meet their basic needs.”

The signers continued, “The longer we wait, the less likely it is that families will receive the breathing room afforded by this legislation, especially this year when so many families are struggling to afford groceries, rent, and other necessities for their children to grow and thrive.”

NWLC recently released an issue brief highlighting how key anti-poverty programs, such as housing assistance, refundable tax credits, nutrition programs, and unemployment insurance can help lift women, women of color, and LGBTQ individuals out of poverty. Additionally, NWLC, in partnership with the Center for Law and Social Policy, released results of a nationwide survey, which found that after the expanded Child Tax Credit expired, families had a harder time affording essentials like bills and food.