Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Danny Werfel testifies before the House Ways and Means Committee on Feb. 15, 2024. (Screenshot from committee webcast)

Expanded child tax credit could be in place quickly if passed by Congress, IRS chief says

BY: - February 15, 2024

WASHINGTON — Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Danny Werfel told lawmakers Thursday on Capitol Hill that his agency is “poised to move quickly” on a bipartisan tax bill that would temporarily expand the child tax credit and revive several corporate tax breaks. But, he cautioned, taxpayers should not wait to file. The Tax Relief for American […]

Children complete a mural celebrating the launch of the Child Tax Credit on July 14, 2021, at the KU Kids Deanwood Childcare Center in Washington, D.C. (Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Community Change)

Congress is looking at expanding the child tax credit again. Who would benefit?

BY: - February 9, 2024

WASHINGTON — The bipartisan tax package passed by the U.S. House last month is not a done deal, but the proposal’s supporters say it could restore some poverty-reducing benefits that reached millions under the pandemic-era child tax credit expansion. A majority of low-income families who do not currently qualify for the full credit would see […]

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, speaks with reporters in the basement of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024. (Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

U.S. Senate kills immigration overhaul, hits stalemate on Israel, Ukraine aid

BY: - February 7, 2024

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate was stuck over whether to begin debate on an emergency spending bill Wednesday night that would provide $95.3 billion in assistance to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan — after senators blocked a sweeping larger package that would have overhauled immigration law for the first time in decades. Republicans said last year […]

Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Lankford speaks with reporters in the Russell office building in the Capitol complex in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024. (Photo by Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

Bleak future for immigration action after U.S. Senate GOP abandons border security deal

BY: and - February 6, 2024

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans on Tuesday walked away from the bipartisan border security and immigration deal clinched after months of painstaking negotiations, siding with their House colleagues and presidential front-runner Donald Trump. The decision to block the bill released just two days ago not only leaves laws in place that GOP lawmakers say have […]

Razor wire is seen on the banks of the Rio Grande at Shelby Park on Jan. 12, 2024, in Eagle Pass, Texas. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

Intense opposition to U.S. Senate immigration deal quickly emerges

BY: - February 5, 2024

WASHINGTON — The proposed global security funding legislation that includes major bipartisan updates to immigration policy encountered opposition from members of both parties Monday, especially Republicans upset by the Biden administration’s handling of border security, charting a tumultuous path for passage in the Senate this week. The deal on immigration policy, negotiated for months by […]

The U.S. Capitol building. (Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

Details of proposed major overhaul of U.S. immigration law, global aid package unveiled

BY: - February 4, 2024

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday night released a $118.28 billion global security package that includes a long-anticipated overhaul of immigration law negotiated by a bipartisan trio of senators. “The United States and our allies are facing multiple, complex and, in places, coordinated challenges from adversaries who seek to disrupt democracy […]

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, speaks directly to victims and their family members during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Jan. 31, 2024 in Washington, D.C. The committee heard testimony from the heads of the largest tech firms on the dangers of child sexual exploitation on social media. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

‘A product that’s killing people’: Lawmakers chastise social media giants for harm to kids

BY: - January 31, 2024

Members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee castigated executives at leading social media companies Wednesday, calling for more to be done to shield children from sexual exploitation, drug dealing, self-harm encouragement and other damaging content. In one tense exchange, Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley demanded to know if Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, had […]

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas holds a press conference at a U.S. Border Patrol station on Jan. 8, 2024 in Eagle Pass, Texas. (John Moore/Getty Images)

U.S. House committee advances impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas to floor

BY: - January 31, 2024

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security early Wednesday voted 18-15 along party lines to send articles of impeachment against Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to the House floor. Republicans argue the charges are legitimate. Members of the full House could vote as soon as next week to impeach Mayorkas, who is […]

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks at a regularly scheduled weekly press conference just outside the U.S. Senate chamber on Jan. 23, 2024. (Ashley Murray/States Newsroom)

Funding seen as a last hurdle to final U.S. Senate immigration deal

BY: - January 23, 2024

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan agreement that would make the most substantial changes to immigration policy in 30 years hinges on funding disputes, key senators said Tuesday. While senators have not finalized the text of the agreement, they are discussing changes to the White House’s use of parole authority to grant temporary protections to migrants by […]

U.S. Rep.-elect Mike Rogers, R-Alabama, is restrained after getting into an argument with Rep.-elect Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, in the House Chamber during the fourth day of voting for Speaker of the House at the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan, 06, 2023,in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The dog ate my farm bill and other Republican excuses

BY: - January 22, 2024

The new five-year federal farm program, which was due on the president’s desk no later than Sept.  30, 2023, is missing. Republicans, who run the U.S. House of Representatives, don’t have a good answer about why it is missing. In fact, the explanation for what happened to it is little more than a reworking of […]

President Joe Biden in the White House Rose Garden on Oct. 11, 2023. (Official White House photo by Oliver Contreras)

Biden says he’s ‘ready to act’ on ‘significant’ changes at the border, including asylum

BY: - January 19, 2024

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden Friday said he backs “significant policy changes” to asylum law, amid ongoing immigration policy negotiations between the White House and Senate tied to passage of a global security package. “I believe we need significant policy changes at the border, including changes in our asylum system, to ensure that we have […]

A snowy U.S. Capitol grounds on Jan. 19, 2024. (Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

Bipartisan deal to expand child tax credit, revive business tax breaks advances in Congress

BY: - January 19, 2024

WASHINGTON — A plan to temporarily expand the child tax credit and revive tax breaks for businesses received overwhelming bipartisan support in a committee vote Friday, a rare moment of compromise in a divided Congress that’s headed into a heated election year. The tax policymakers of the GOP-led U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means […]