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Liberals and conservatives agreethe Child Tax Credit significantly aids the poor, but it doesn't help America's poorest children

Since eligibility is conditional on earnings, the CTC leaves out those families who need it the most: families with no or very low earnings. We know that the earliest years of life are critical to the development of children, and that additional income for young poor children can have lifelong impacts. The most vulnerable people in the country are infants and toddlers living in deep poverty. Yet because their parents earn so little, the young children who most need support get the smallest tax credits, or none at all.
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Most developed countries provide cash to families with children, recognizing that raising kids costs money and society benefits as a whole when it is done well. 

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But when you say "universal child allowance," many Americans hear "welfare." And Americans hate welfare. It's hard to imagine a program like this garnering widespread bipartisan support.

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Many Americans feel that if you want to have children, it's your business to support themand government subsidies will just encourage people who can't afford children to have more.

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Even those who might support are universal child allowance agree that it would be relabeled as welfare immediately, making it nearly impossible to pass.

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Others think it could be rebranded as Social Security for children.

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Advocates say there's no excuse for the richest nation in the world to have 20 percent of its children live in dire poverty.

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