Florida Senator Marco Rubio wants to start paying people for actually going to work instead of sitting at home and living off of government benefits while they have children.
Rubio appeared on Fox and Friends to promote his child tax credit plan, which would increase the child tax credit to $2,000.
“We need to encourage work,” said Rubio. “We cannot be a country where you’re better off not working and having three kids because of the government programs – than a country with $35,000 or $45,000 a year, you end up losing money.”
“We need to reward work,” added Rubio, “and we need to take care of people who work really hard and are trying to get ahead. To keep more of their own money instead of sending it Washington so Washington can spend it on their behalf.”
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Rubio’s increase on the child tax credit isn’t a new idea of his by a long shot. The Florida Senator has been pushing such a tax credit since 2014. During his 2016 presidential run, the amount had been $2,500.
With the Republican tax bill just around the corner, Rubio has begun pushing for the tax credit hard, thinking it will also please some on the left.
“Unless America’s tax code and our broader public policy does not begin to account for the struggles of working Americans who put in eight to 10 hours a day, five days a week, I think our political process will continue to become more raucous and more divisive,” said Rubio on Friday according to Naples Daily News. “And America will struggle to solve not just its economic problems, but many of its other problems as well.”
Rubio hasn’t indicated that he would remove his vote for the GOP tax plan should the child tax credit not be included, but if he did, it would endanger the bill greatly. Republican Sens Susan Collins from Maine and Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson have both already indicated that they can’t vote for the bill.