WASHINGTON – Senator Kyrsten Sinema and several other lawmakers introduced a bipartisan bill that would provide working families with resources to pay for parental leave, child care and other expenses.
If passed, the advancing support for working families act would allow families an option to advance up to $5,000 of their child tax credit in the first year following the birth or adoption of a child.
In a press conference Wednesday, lawmakers said the bill would not increase taxes or impact social security.
The new bipartisan plan would give families a bigger tax credit in their first year and a little less the following years.
“Right now, 62 percent of families don’t have access to even unpaid leave through the family medical leave act,” said Kyrsten Sinema. “So our proposal provides an option for those families to either provide paid help to take care of their baby during that first year of life or to take some time off to be with their baby during their first months.”
The bill is aimed at helping families during their first year with a new child which can often cause tremendous debt.