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 RubioJudd Gregg: Two ideas whose time has not come Nikki Haley: New York Times ‘knew the facts’ about curtains and still released story March For Our Lives founder leaves group, says he regrets trying to 'embarrass' Rubio MORE (R-Fla.) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeThis week: Kavanaugh nomination thrown into further chaos Ex-college classmate accuses Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct Kavanaugh accuser agrees to testify next week 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.