A historic but temporary expansion of the child tax credit is making significant impacts for those who have received it. The payments mean warm winter clothes and extra financial security for Julia and her son Boston, as well as basic needs such as food, utilities, and school supplies for millions more. Congress must act to make this vital investment permanent.
David Ballard is the campaigns and communications manager for the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress. Areeba Haider is a research associate for the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center.