UBB ACTION CENTER

Slash Childhood Poverty

The Columbia University Center on Poverty & Social Policy has found that we could cut child poverty by 38% immediately.  We could cut extreme poverty by 50%!

Give the Middle Class a Break

Despite stagnant wages & tight family budgets, the government estimates that it costs up to $13,000 per year to raise a child.

IMAGINE IF WE INVESTED...

$250,

EVERY MONTH, IN EVERY KID IN AMERICA?

What Kind of Country Could We Become?
We Could...

Provide Families More Flexibility

Childcare is expensive.  Additional income would allow parents to adjust the balance between working to earn more money & the time they can afford to spend with their kids.

Help Kids Do Better in School

30% of kids living in poverty do not finish high school, trapping them in a generational cycle of future lower earnings.

Improve Kids' Health

Studies show that kids growing up in poverty are more likely to develop physical & socio-emotional problems that continue into adulthood.

Treat Every Kid Fairly

The current Child Tax Credit is based on parental income.  Kids shouldn't be discriminated against if their parent can't work, can't find work, or loses his or her job.

FOR ALL THESE REASONS, WE'RE FIGHTING TO PASS THE AMERICAN FAMILY ACT

Photo: Liz Weber/Durango Herald

The American Family Act

Lead sponsors (left to right) Representative Rosa DeLauro, Senator Sherrod Brown, Senator Michael Bennet, & Representative Suzan DelBene speaking at a press conference at the bill's introduction.

What Does the Bill Do?

Increases the Child Tax Credit by 150%

Under current law, the federal Child Tax Credit is worth up to $2,000 a year per child, but it is based on a parent's income.  Families claim the credit when they file their taxes.  The American Family Act raises this credit 150% to $3,000 a year.  The Act also increases the credit to $3,600 for children under 6. 

Sends Families $250-$300 Monthly Per Child

One of the most groundbreaking aspects of the proposed bill is that it instructs the Treasury Department to set up a program to pay the credit throughout the year.  That's $250 per child under 17 and $300 per child under age 6 in the bank account of American families every month.  This important innovation will give parents a regular dependable amount of money to invest in the success of their children and make family budgeting much easier in times of tightening budgets and economic volatility.

Makes the Credit Available to Every Child

The American Family Act makes the enhanced Child Tax Credit fully refundable, meaning it would be available to all children, without punishing them if their parents are unable to work, can't find a job, or lose their job.

TO PASS THE AMERICAN FAMILY ACT, WE NEED TO SHOW OUR LEADERS IN WASHINGTON THAT AMERICA WANTS THEM TO TAKE ACTION:

How Can You Help?

 

There are 3 easy things you can do to help right now.​​

1. Sign Our Letter

We have written an open letter to President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden asking them to endorse and make passage of the American Family Act a priority.

2. Make a Donation

We are a non-profit run on a volunteer basis.  To help move the legislation, we need to crowdfund the resources to hire a full time political director, run education & media campaigns, & create a grassroots network.  Can you chip in a few bucks to help us?

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3. Help Build Our Coalition

We are working to identify local, state, and national organizations who have endorsed the American Family Act. If you are part of an organization that has endorsed the legislation, please  CONTACT US.

 
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In the News...

Who's Endorsed the American Family Act?

1/15

Several Other Countries Have Already Implemented a Universal Basic Benefit for Their Children

Australia

Up to $349 per month

Germany

Up to $261 per month

Luxembourg

Up to $294 per month

Canada

Up to $401 per month

Ireland

Up to $155 per month

Switzerland

Up to $208 per month

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