Contact: Louisa Tavlas


WASHINGTON, D.C., November 16, 2023The Niskanen Center commends a recent letter from a group of prominent faith and social conservative leaders urging Congress to look for opportunities to strengthen the Child Tax Credit through end-of-year legislative vehicles. First reported by Politico,  signatories include former United States House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA), former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA),  senior leadership from Focus on the Family, the Faith and Freedom Coalition, and National Association of Evangelicals.

“For almost three decades, people of faith have been instrumental to the creation and extension of the Child Tax Credit,” says Joshua McCabe, Niskanen’s social policy director and a historian of the Child Tax Credit. “They recognize the critical support and stability the credit provides parents raising their children. We join them in urging Congress to look for windows to thoughtfully expand the credit to more hard-working families.” 

Niskanen’s policy research aims to equip federal lawmakers to understand how Child Tax Credit reform can reduce poverty, eliminate marriage penalties, and support family stability. The think tank has supported bipartisan champions on the Child Tax Credit, including Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Michael Bennett (D-CO). Further research has highlighted immediate opportunities to strengthen the Child Tax Credit for working-class parents and provide a fairer playing field for married and larger households. 

The Niskanen Center is a 501(c)(3) advocacy organization established in 2014 to change public policy through direct engagement in the policymaking process.