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Washington, D.C. – Bread for the World today applauded the House of Representative’s passage of the Build Back Better Act. The bill includes critical provisions that will ensure our nation’s most vulnerable children receive the care and nutrition they need. Bread now urges senators to pass the legislation and retain or strengthen these provisions rather than deny them from the children and families who need them most.
The House bill expands the Child Tax Credit for another year and makes the full refundability of the credit permanent. The bill also strengthens child nutrition programs; invests in vital maternal health programs; and improves access to high-quality childcare. These provisions would make an immediate impact on the lives and well-being of millions of children and families across the country.
“The fact the House was able to pass a bill right before Thanksgiving that will help millions of families put food on the table should not be lost,” said Rev. Eugene Cho, president and CEO of Bread for the World. “As we enter the Christmas season, we are reminded that God requires us to care for our neighbors and provide food for those who experience hunger. We urge senators to keep this in mind as they work to pass their own version of the bill.”
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