Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney has a proposal to provide $3,000 or more per child to millions of American families. The plan would tag along with the broader coronavirus stimulus efforts as well as the push to expand child benefits. Under the plan, families with children under 6 would get $4,200 in yearly payments per child. Families with children 6 to 17 would get $3,000 in yearly payments per child. This is more than what Democrats have proposed in the coronavirus stimulus package currently making its way through Congress. Romney has opposed the current $1.9 trillion deal overall, but it’s possible that boosted child benefits could be passed as a separate bill.
Working and middle class families need the support and it’s why plans like Romney’s need to be taken seriously. It’s even possible to view the issue from a right-wing perspective. There’s often a push by conservatives to want to go back to the days of single-income households where the women stay home to raise kids. Providing payments to families with children would to some extent encourage that behavior. While progressives don’t view the issue in that way, if it leads to a bipartisan effort to provide expanded child benefits, this is still a favorable outcome. There is no sign yet of how other Republicans feel about the proposal. Regardless, it should have no issues passing if Joe Biden and the Democrats want to make it a priority.
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