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house Bill H.R. 5006

Letting New Mothers Claim the Child Tax Credit for the Tax Year in Which They Were Pregnant

Argument in favor

Expecting mothers should be able to claim the child tax credit because the work, care, and costs associated with motherhood start well before childbirth. Letting them claim the child tax credit in the year of their pregnancy as well as after the child is born will help new families financially.

OlderNWiser's Opinion
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03/03/2018
Makes sense since pregnancy can put some women in bed for lengths of time, can make some women unbelievably sick, and since OB care is so expensive. Good idea.
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Jennifer 's Opinion
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03/03/2018
Okay, for the fear-mongering liberal—and I say this as a pro-choice woman—can you stop seeing evil intent behind every Republican “white old guy,” that proposes something that would actually help women? The unborn are protected in 38 state laws covering murder; something I encouraged as a DV advocate. Read it here: https://www.nrlc.org/site/federal/unbornvictims/statehomicidelaws092302/ Moreover, guess what? Republican White Old Guys are fathers too. They are brothers, uncles, sons. Stop your identity politics; you show your true-colors every time. You are never about helping anyone, only pushing your agenda, come hell or high water. Please just stop!
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Katie's Opinion
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03/03/2018
Women spend a ton of money when they are pregnant in order to prepare for a new baby. This makes total sense.
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Argument opposed

The child tax credit should only be available to parents after a child is born. Letting expecting mothers claim an extra year of the credit once their child is born would take too much tax revenue away from the government.

Marsha's Opinion
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03/03/2018
This is clearly an attempt to further the far right agenda to overturn Roe v Wade. I fully support measures that provide medical and financial support for pregnant women, it should not be under the umbrella of child support but women's health support
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Thelma's Opinion
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03/03/2018
This seems like a shifty Republican ploy to convince people that the fetus is a person.
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Debbie's Opinion
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03/03/2018
This may open the door for abortion obstructionists to use this against roe v Wade supporters. “When life begins” and is “supported” etc.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedFebruary 13th, 2018
    Makes sense since pregnancy can put some women in bed for lengths of time, can make some women unbelievably sick, and since OB care is so expensive. Good idea.
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    This is clearly an attempt to further the far right agenda to overturn Roe v Wade. I fully support measures that provide medical and financial support for pregnant women, it should not be under the umbrella of child support but women's health support
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    This seems like a shifty Republican ploy to convince people that the fetus is a person.
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    Okay, for the fear-mongering liberal—and I say this as a pro-choice woman—can you stop seeing evil intent behind every Republican “white old guy,” that proposes something that would actually help women? The unborn are protected in 38 state laws covering murder; something I encouraged as a DV advocate. Read it here: https://www.nrlc.org/site/federal/unbornvictims/statehomicidelaws092302/ Moreover, guess what? Republican White Old Guys are fathers too. They are brothers, uncles, sons. Stop your identity politics; you show your true-colors every time. You are never about helping anyone, only pushing your agenda, come hell or high water. Please just stop!
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    This may open the door for abortion obstructionists to use this against roe v Wade supporters. “When life begins” and is “supported” etc.
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    I WANT to support this, however this seems like a way to get “personhood” language into legislation and attack access to safe, legal abortions. Honestly, I would rather we follow the lead of other countries and have comprehensive parental leave than this. If this is to pass, the language would have to be exceedingly clear that it could not be cited as support for discussions related to personhood and infringing on reproductive rights.
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    This bill’s motives are very suspicious. It seems like a round-a-bout way for Republicans to justify their anti-abortion legislation. It also doesn’t make any sense. Parents should not be able to claim the child tax credit if the baby hasn’t even been born yet. A tax credit specifically for pregnant women would be great, but you should not receive a full child tax credit.
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    On the surface it sounds like a good idea. But dig a little deeper and it smells like a way to undermine Roe v. Wade by establishing a precedent by redefining the word “child.” Use your critical thinking skills folks.
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    Why and why now? Women’s votes and mid-terms perhaps. I’m sure we all love additional cash in hand, but didn’t we just drive up the deficit via the new tax laws? Wouldn’t this add on to that? These Congress persons motives are questionable, they are all right-to-lifers. Adding more to our national debt in an attempt to pander for votes and to create a Roe v Wade challenge, is something that I won’t support. **How about improving affordable healthcare access and enforcing equal pay.**
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    I’d support a tax break for pre-natal care for pregnant women, but this looks like an attempt to undermine Roe v Wade
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    Women spend a ton of money when they are pregnant in order to prepare for a new baby. This makes total sense.
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    I am very suspicious that this is just another strategy for setting precedent for “personhood” legislation.
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    I’d support a tax break for pre-natal care for pregnant women, but this looks like an attempt to undermine Roe v Wade
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    Yes, anything that allows hard working people to keep their money.
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    No Gateway to repeal roe v wade Give us a break Do you really think we are that stupid Another way to screw over women
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    I am still paying off the medical expenses for the uncomplicated birth of of my 16 month old. Even with us having "good" insurance it still cost $5,000 to safely have a baby.
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    This looks like a backdoor way the anti-choice right wing to claim legal status for a fetus. Nice try. No way.
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    If old White males have put this bill together, then I suspect there is an ulterior motive that has nothing to do with supporting women on any level!
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    Don’t call yourself pro-women if you don’t support tax breaks for hardworking women who are pregnant. No doubt women go through a lot in pregnancy and they should be helped not through hand outs but by allowing to keep more of their own money.
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    Fetuses are not children.
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