Many Congressional Republicans are speaking out against a child tax credit bill that was recently passed by the House Ways and Means Committee. Some Republicans are concerned the bill will allow illegal immigrants with children in the country to collect child tax credit payouts, which are set to increase under this new bill.
The bill, H.R.7024, increases child tax credits and modifies the benefits for a myriad of different eligible groups.
On January 19, the bill was passed with resounding bipartisan support in the House Ways and Means Committee, with a vote of 40-3.
The bill is championed by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR). It was introduced and sponsored in the House by Rep. Smith.
On January 16 both men commented on their support for the bill.
“Sixteen million kids from low-income families will be better off as a result of this plan, and given today’s miserable political climate, it’s a big deal to have this opportunity to pass pro-family policy that helps so many kids get ahead.”, said Sen. Wyden.
Rep. Smith lauded the bill for helping everyday Americans saying; “American families will benefit from this bipartisan agreement that provides greater tax relief, strengthens Main Street businesses, boosts our competitiveness with China, and creates jobs.”
Despite bipartisan support in committee and a resounding 40-3 vote, some Republicans oppose parts of the bill.
With the ongoing immigration crisis at the southern border, many Republicans viewed the bill with intensified scrutiny. Some feel that the bill rewards illegal immigrants, as they would be eligible for many of the increased benefits in the bill.
Speaking to Politico, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) expressed his opposition to the bill.
“We’re not at all happy about the rather expensive further expansion of the child tax credit, which…by the way…wouldn’t rule out tax credits basically going to children of illegal aliens,” said Rep. Roy.
The current border crisis increased Rep. Roy’s concern over illegal immigrants receiving tax credits.
Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) spoke out against the bill in a statement to Just the News.
“The American people are telling us that they’re sick of this wide-open border, and the bill’s eligibility expansion just increases the rate and speed at which the tax dollars of hard-working American citizens are going to individuals here illegally”, Rep. Perry said.
The growing dissent from House Republicans regarding the bill is creating a difficult environment for the bill, which recently seemed to be on its way to passing with widespread bipartisan support.
Under this new pressure, House Speaker Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) will have a difficult decision to make in regards to bringing the bill to a general vote in the House.