Ivanka pushes child tax credit expansion at Capitol

Ivanka Trump appeared alongside Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday to push for an expansion of the child tax credit as part of a GOP tax-reform proposal.

"Today, the vast majority of American homes are dual income," she said. "Our tax code has to recognize and support this reality and support our dual values of work and a family."

"Over the years, as wages have stagnated the costs of raising a family have grown exponentially," she added. "It is a priority of this administration and it is a legislative priority to ensure that American families can thrive and that we deliver real and meaningful tax relief to middle-income Americans."


Ivanka Trump, a senior adviser to President Trump and his eldest daughter, has long pushed for an expansion of the child tax credit. On Monday, she traveled to Pennsylvania to pitch the idea. 

Joining the senior adviser at the Capitol on Wednesday were Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOn The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week Trump declares national emergency at border Democrats veer left as Trump cements hold on Republicans MORE (R-Fla.) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeSenate approves border bill that prevents shutdown Push for paid family leave heats up ahead of 2020 New act can help us grapple with portion of exploding national debt MORE (R-Utah), who have both pushed for an expansion of the tax credit in the past and have worked with Ivanka Trump on the matter.

The current child tax credit provides working families with $1,000 per child. Rubio said Wednesday that the credit should be increased to about $2,000 per child and should be made fully refundable.