Rep. Ro Khanna (D-San Jose) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) have introduced multiple legislation to provide federal income supplements to counter existing widespread poverty.
On February 13, 2019, Rep. Khanna proposed legislation that will give American workers a ‘Cost-of-Living Refund’ to compensate for decades of rising costs and stagnant wages. (This measure was also introduced in the Senate by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Sen. Bonnie Coleman (D-NJ.) ) It would roughly double the Earned Income Tax Credit for working families, increase the credit for childless workers almost sixfold, and make millions more Americans eligible. Roughly 50 million Americans would get anywhere from $3,000 to $12,000 back in their pockets under this provision of the bill.
Sen. Harris’ bill establishes a refundable middle class tax credit of up to $3,000 for individuals and up to $6,000 for married individuals filing joint returns. Taxpayers must be at least 18 years of age to receive the credit and may elect to receive payments of the credit in advance on a monthly basis.
Please contact your members of Congress urging them to support these measures.