U.S. Child-Poverty Crisis Spurs Stepped-Up Efforts in Congress

Feb. 9, 2021, 7:00 AM

Support is rising among policy makers to address America’s child-poverty crisis, which is getting worse as the pandemic drags on.

More than 8 million Americans -- including many children -- fell into poverty during the second half of last year, exacerbating the racial and income inequalities that are holding back the U.S. economy.

As lawmakers debate another round of stimulus, they are ramping up their calls to expand tax breaks for families with children and distribute aid monthly in an effort to help more of America’s most vulnerable citizens.

One year after the virus broke out in the U.S., ...

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