WASHINGTON (AP) — Ivanka Trump teamed up with Republican legislators Wednesday to try to ensure the tax-overhaul package under construction on Capitol Hill includes an expansion of the child tax credit.
The White House adviser and presidential daughter, appearing at a Capitol Hill press conference with GOP lawmakers, framed the tax credit as crucial for working families.
"It is a priority of this administration and it is a legislative priority to ensure that American families can thrive," she said.
Also attending: Republican Senators Marco Rubio of Florida, Mike Lee of Utah, Tim Scott of South Carolina, Shelly Moore Capito of West Virginia and Dean Heller of Nevada. In addition: GOP Reps.: Kristi Noem of South Dakota, Kevin Yoder of Kansas, Rep. Claudia Tenney of New York and Martha Roby of Alabama.
Rubio and Lee have worked closely with Ivanka Trump on the issue. Details are still being worked out, but Rubio and Lee would like to see the $1,000 credit doubled and made fully refundable.
The GOP tax plan would cut the corporate tax rate from 36 percent to 20 percent, reduce taxes for most individuals, and repeal inheritance taxes on multimillion-dollar estates. The standard deduction would be nearly doubled, to $12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for families; the number of tax brackets would shrink from seven and the child tax credit would be increased.
Democrats and liberal family advocacy groups say the overall plan would provide limited benefits to low-income families while offering major cuts to the wealthy — and they say that any boost to the child tax credit must be viewed in that context.
Speaking to reporters earlier in the day, Rubio expressed optimism about the child tax proposal, saying the provision is needed because without it, people could "see a tax increase, which nobody around here is prepared to justify because you can't."
Rubio praised Ivanka Trump, saying that "having the White House making it a priority of theirs has strengthened our chances."