Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) reintroduced legislation Monday that would provide tax relief to pregnant mothers for their unborn children.
Sen. Dines reintroduced the Child Tax Credit for Pregnant Moms Act, which would allow pregnant mothers to claim the Child Tax Credit for their unborn children.
Sen. Daines reintroduced legislation to help Americans support their newborn babies and serves as part of a larger effort by Republicans to help support the American family amidst the rising and inhibitive cost of having children and raising a family.
The Montana Republican’s bill builds upon the Child Tax Credit provisions included in the Trump Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by supporting families and pregnant mothers with the high costs of caring for a newborn baby. The Trump tax cuts doubled the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 to $2,000 per qualifying child. Read the legislation here.
“From stocking up on diapers to taking time off work for their child’s prenatal care, expecting parents begin providing for their child as soon as they learn they are having a baby,” Daines said in a statement Monday. “All parents should be able to claim the Child Tax Credit to help them better prepare for the arrival of their newborn.”
Sen. Daines previously introduced the legislation in February that features co-sponsors including Sens. Ben Sasse (R-NE), Deb Fisher (R-NE), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and James Lankford (R-OK). Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC) introduced the companion legislation in the House.
“Pregnancy is an exciting time for moms as they prepare for the arrival of their little one, but it also means new expenditures,” said Sen. Ernst in February. “By extending the Child Tax Credit to expecting mothers, we can help alleviate some of the financial stress so they can focus on preparing to welcome their newborn to the world.”
Meadows said in a statement in February:
It’s simple: expectant mothers and fathers deserve the same financial assistance and tax credit benefits to begin planning for a new child as parents blessed with children already born. The work, care, and costs associated with motherhood begin long before a child is born, and this legislation gives moms and their families an opportunity for a better start.
“I want to thank my friend Sen. Daines for his leadership on this important issue and look forward to working with my Congressional colleagues on passing this legislation that helps all families,” Meadows added.