Washington, D.C. – The overwhelming vote of support in the House of Representatives last month for the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act – which included an enhanced Child Tax Credit (CTC) – signifies the support among conservatives for policies that encourage and support growing families, writes Oren Cass in a new opinion editorial for the Financial Times.
Conservatives support assistance to families coupled with strong work incentives:
“Last month, Jason Smith, Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, introduced legislation that would make low-income families with multiple children eligible for more of the credit faster…But unlike the perverse welfare programmes of the past, an expanded CTC would provide benefits only to families that work and ensure the same or higher benefits to families that work more, creating an especially strong incentive for a parent to take that first job. That’s not welfare of the kind that needed reform.”
Read the op-ed here.
Support for Family Policy is Rising
New polling data released by American Compass shows that public attitudes are shifting towards greater support for policies that advance families, especially among American conservatives.
- 73 percent of respondents agreed that the federal government should provide support for families with children, a 6 percent increase in the past three years.
Support for Family Policy Rising Fastest Among Republicans and Conservatives
- 69 percent of respondents who identify as Republicans say they support the federal government providing more support for families with children, a 17 percent increase over the last three years.
- Support among moderates and conservatives increased by 14 percent over the last three years.