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May 13, 2021

“Expanding the child tax credit is a moral and economic imperative. It should not have an expiration date.”

WASHINGTON, DC — Yesterday, Congressman Mondaire Jones (D-NY) delivered remarks on the House floor in support of the expanded child tax credit passed into law as part of the American Rescue Plan earlier this year. In his remarks, Congressman Jones called for the expansion to be made permanent. 

The Congressman’s full remarks are below and can be viewed here.

Madam Speaker, 

The American Rescue Plan is the most transformative economic legislation for working families in a generation. Our expansion of the child tax credit will literally cut child poverty in half.

But unless we make the expansion permanent, we will find ourselves a year from now in the same dire straits that existed before the pandemic. A country where we accept that 11 million people live in poverty -- nearly 15% of all children in this country. A country where we accept that 25% of Black children live in poverty. 

I’ve been in Congress for 5 months and I’m already tired of having to vote to reauthorize things that we know should be permanent. Expanding the child tax credit is a moral and economic imperative. It should not have an expiration date. 

For the last year we have talked about the impossible choices that families have been forced to make. Child care or health care. Food or rent. 

The reality is, these impossible choices existed for millions of families before the pandemic began and will continue to exist after the pandemic is over. Poverty is a choice that we make here in this chamber. And we can choose to end it.

I yield back. 

About Mondaire: Mondaire Jones is the 33-year-old Congressman from New York’s 17th District, serving Westchester and Rockland Counties. He serves on the House Judiciary, Education and Labor, and Ethics Committees and is the first openly gay, Black member of Congress. A product of East Ramapo public schools, Mondaire was raised in Section 8 housing and on food stamps in the Village of Spring Valley by a single mother who worked multiple jobs to provide for their family. He later graduated from Stanford University, worked at the Department of Justice during the Obama Administration, and graduated from Harvard Law School. He is a co-founder of the nonprofit Rising Leaders, Inc. and has previously served on the NAACP’s National Board of Directors and on the board of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Most recently, Mondaire worked as a litigator in the Westchester County Law Department. In November, Mondaire was unanimously elected by his colleagues to be the Freshman Representative to Leadership, making him the youngest member of the Democratic House leadership team. In December, Jones was appointed a Deputy Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and became a Co-Chair of the LGBTQ Equality Caucus. Mondaire was born and raised in Rockland, and resides in Westchester.