tv Pres. Biden Delivers Remarks on Child Tax Credit Payments CSPAN July 16, 2021 6:04am-6:22am EDT
senators jeanne shaheen and others discuss afghan allies. on c-span2, the house financial services task force on artificial intelligence looks at ways to verify identity online while protecting digital privacy. live coverage begins at noon eastern. >> president biden and vice president harris talked about the first child tax credits payments provided under the american rescue plan. they stressed how they will provide aid to working and middle-class families. this is about 15 minutes. [applause] pres. biden: i came te kids. look at those guys. vice pres. harris: look at this. good morning everyone, good morning.
let us mark this day, thursday, july 15, 2021 as the date the american family got so much stronger. today, the expanded child tax credit is here. today, for families all over our country, for children all over our country, help is here. it is a good day, america. i will tell you, my mother, she worked hard at being a mother. whether it was waking up at the crack of dawn to pack our lunches and get us ready for school, or whether after we went to bed, sitting at our kitchen table and trying to just figure out how to make it all work. and i know it was not easy. even though she never said that. my family's story is not all that remarkable. it is the story of the american family.
parents who will do anything for their children. parents who work so hard every day. parents who deserve their government and their leaders to really understand them as they juggle all their responsibilities every month. every month, the rent becomes due. every month, the childcare provider needs a check. a check that could take half an income. every month, american families in need to buy groceries and gas to pay for rent or homeowners insurance, homeowners insurance, -- utilities and car loans. even if they have enough to make ends meet, it is often just barely enough. one unexpected expense could mean the difference between taking on more debt or losing it
all. in the wealthiest nation in the world, it should not be this way. and the president and i, we both believe that. when we took office, we set out to provide american families with some relief. and that is exactly what we are doing. i want to thank those members of congress who led and voted to expand the child tax credit. the president will detail the expansion but let me underscore one important piece. the tax cut will be issued in monthly payments. this has never happened before. and america, yes, it is a big deal. i have been fighting for months, for quite some time, even when i was in the senate, for monthly payments. because i know, it is the struggle to make ends meet his -- if the struggle to make ends meet his monthly, the solution
has to be also. the payments may be monthly, but the impact of this child tax credit will undoubtedly the generational. indeed, it is the largest middle-class tax cut, and will lift up have our nations children dust nations children out of poverty. in lifting up those children -- nation's children out of poverty. and in lifting up those children, it will lift our nation. today's a good day, america, it is a historic day. and we are here today because of the decision and leadership of a fellow parent. of a president who believes with all his heart that the strength of our country should be measured by the strength of our families and our children.
it's my great honor to introduce president joe biden. pres. biden: thank you. for you, anybody under the age of 13, this has got to be boring, boring, boring. [laughter] right? well i tell you what, we will work some thing out here so when this is over, your parents, your uncles, your aunts, whoever you are with, they will get you semi-scream or something for this, you know? it is a pleasure to be here. i believe this is actually a historic day. a historic day in the sense that we continue to build an economy that respects, recognizes the dignity of working-class families and middle-class families. and it is our effort to make another giant step toward ending
child poverty in america. this will be one of the things the vice president and i will be most proud of when our terms are up. beginning this morning, all working families, people making under $150,000 as a family, or an individual making under 120 $5,000, who have children in america -- $125,000, who have children, they will receive a payment from the extended child tax credit, signed into law as part of my american rescue plan. it is one of the largest tax cuts for families with children, and a reflection of our belief that the people of this country who need the tax cut are not the folks at the top. they got plenty of tax cuts. they are doing just fine. it is the people in the middle, the folks who are struggling, who are just looking for a little bit, as my dad would say,
a little bit of breathing room. this has the potential to reduce child poverty in the same way that the social security reduced poverty for the elderly. speaking of monthly payment checks, those who you know who get social security, they get it monthly. this will be a monthly payment for child care, excuse me, for your children, a tax cut. here's how the tax code works. every child under the age of six, a parent will get $3600 a year. for every child six to 17, they will get $3000 per year. a middle-class family with two young children could expect to see $7,200 a year to raise the children. it will get the first half of
this starting today, today, today. and it will be paid out at $600 a month between now, july, and december. and i will get the -- they will get the rest of the payment next spring. text a. if you file taxes electronically, you can go to your account today and today it you will see a payment that says child ctc. let me say that again. payments of $300 for each child under the age of six. $250 for each child between the age of six and 17 on a monthly basis between now, between july and december. if you file your book -- taxes electronically as you did last year, -- if you did not file your taxes electronically last year, you can expect to see a check. you will get this payment on the 15th of every month for the rest
of this year. if you are not required to file taxes at all in the past, you have not file because you did not owe any taxes, you can go to childtaxcredit.gov. childtaxcredit.gov. it will give you clear information and a link to help you sign up for the first time. this can be life-changing for so many families. because of the way the tax credit is structured, before the american rescue plan, 26 million children from the hardest working families not get any full payments for child care, for child tax credit. half of all black and hispanic children in america never received a full tax credit. we have changed that. in technical terms, we have made this tax cut fully refundable.
in plain english, it means families who need help the most -- instead of families getting them -- who need the most getting the least, they will get this on a full monthly basis. 97% of children receiving this credit come from working families. and the other 3% include kids being raised by retired grandparents or by someone with a serious disability. either way, this is a start -- credit does not start to phase out until a couple is making 100 for $2000 or a single parent making 100 $12,000. -- $112,000. i referred to it in the way that it is, it is a middle-class tax cut. just like the wealthy get tax cuts for a lot of things, it is a tax cut for having children. this can make it possible for
hard-working parents to say to his or her child, honey, we can get you new braces now. we can get you a tutor to help with that math class you're are having trouble with. we can get you to sign up for that sports team you want to play on. people have written me and said they have used the money to buy their kids new schools, in the summer to cover afterschool care when school starts up again. to give you a sense of how transformative this is, this would be the largest ever one year decrease in child poverty in the history of the united states of america. as we began, historic reductions in child poverty among white, black, latinos, and the api community, it is not -- aapi community, it's not even close.
studies have shown -- it's ok, it is ok to let them cry, him, her, whichever. -- it helps children and can lead to better health, better school performance and better security. research from calamity -- columbia university in new york found that for each dollar this tax cost, it returns eight dollars in benefits down the line. eight dollars that would have to be spent other ways. it's a gigantic help. your head, your heart and your budget, all lead to the same place. this is the right thing to do. and it is a smart thing to do. today, these tax cut payments are arriving automatically. but it did not happen automatically. the result of the working people who are -- advocated for this for long time, we finally got it
passed in my american rescue plan. i want to particularly thank those who have been fighting for this for years. a congresswoman from connecticut has been a champion for this. senators bennett, brown, you will probably hear from our republican friends who all voted against this, but they will tell the success as it helps working families and their states and -- tout its success as it helps working families and their states and districts. i want to not extend this tax credit, it's only for one year now, that's all i can get it for the first time. so i want to extend it into the future now. i've another piece of legislation that will be voted on soon, we are going to continue this. to the people who say we can't afford to give the middle-class a break, i say we can afford it by making people at the top and the big corporations, over 50 of
which paid no taxes last year at all, just start paying their fair share. i'm not going to gouge them, just pay their fair share. because people who are working hard and paying taxes deserve a break. that is why, and excuse me for these terms amusing, but my agenda, which still needs to be voted on in congress, keeps protections for working families in place for years to come. we should not let taxes go up on working families. we should not let child poverty continue to stained the conscience or drive down our economy. i say to my economies -- colleagues in congress, this tax cut for working families is and then we should extend, not end next year. i say to all of you watching, make sure her family, friends and community know about this tax cut. send to them, as i said, childtaxcredit.gov to learn more
about the difference of this is going to make in their lives. let me close with this. i signed the american less than two months after taking office in january 20. four months later, we have implement to the first ever automatic monthly payment for any major tax credit ever as the vice president was talking about. social security, this was a long time ago. his grandpa working effort is similar to what we did in what i called our wartime effort to vaccinate americans against covid-19, to mobilize the whole country. we are proving that democracy can deliver for people and deliver in a timely way. saving lives, improving lives, helping to your -- a record-setting recovery, giving working families a chance. i received an emailed today from a mother in washington state. she is a young teacher who just received her payment. she wrote, i'm quoting, my
family has been living hand to mouth to put me through school so i can follow my passion of molding young minds. this first ctc payment has come at the exact moment when we need it most. these payments may seem small to some, but they are life-changing for my family, for us. millions of children and their families, starting today, their lives are about to change for the better. and our country will be better off for it as well. this is a really good day. and parents will be able to tell your kids, when they are 25 years old, that you were there the day this happened. we talked about it. show them again. if there is nothing on the capacity, our capacity as americans to get done, we do it together. so i think you, god bless you all and may god protect our troops and kids, thank you for being so polite while i was speaking.
it is very very nice. thank you. bye-bye. [applause] >> president biden welcomed german chancellor angela merkel to the white house. they addressed the press before a private meeting in the oval office. following the meeting, they held a joint news conference. a joint. pres. biden: it is a great pleasure to welcome chancellor merkel to the white house, she has been in the oval office many times, she's a great rent, a personal friend and a great friend to the united states. we cite heather at the g7 and