Biden says kids listening to his ‘boring’ tax speech deserve ice cream

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Biden says kids listening to his 'boring' tax speech deserve ice cream

President Biden on Thursday jokingly apologized to children forced to listen to his “boring, boring, boring” remarks, as the White House recognized the day expanded parental tax credits get paid out.

Biden suggested that the kids be treated to ice cream for suffering through an event in the White House-adjacent Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

“For you, anybody under the age of 13, this has gotta be boring, boring, boring, right?” Biden said.

“But I tell you what, we’re gonna work something out here, so when this is over, your parents, your uncles, your aunts, whoever you’re with, they owe you some ice cream or something.”

Biden famously treats himself to ice cream at local businesses when he travels around the country.

Nine families that are benefiting from the new Child Tax Credit listen to U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris deliver remarks.
Nine families that are benefiting from the new child tax credit listen to President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris deliver remarks.
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Biden was speaking to celebrate the implementation of an expanded tax credit for parents from $2,000 per year to $3,000, or $3,600 for children under age 6 — a perk that critics are calling an expansion of the welfare state.

“The payments may be monthly, but the impact of this child tax credit will undoubtedly be generational,” Biden said. “Indeed, it is the largest middle-class tax cut in generations. And we’ll lift up half of our nation’s children who are living in poverty, out of poverty.”

For people who file taxes electronically, the tax credit will be deposited monthly into bank accounts. Other parents can sign up for checks at childtaxcredit.gov, Biden said.

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Biden has been known to stop for ice cream on the road in different cities.
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The tax credit was approved by Congress in March as part of Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. Although that bill didn’t receive a single Republican vote, expanding childhood tax credits has had bipartisan support, though details of proposals vary.

Biden has called for the expanded tax credit to be made permanent. The current boost is scheduled to last for one year.

But Robert Rector, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation who helped draft President Bill Clinton’s 1996 welfare reform plan, said Biden’s plan “turns welfare reform on its head.”

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The tax credit was approved by Congress in March as part of Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill.
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The administration is “going back on the principle for the first time in 25 years of giving large cash grants, primarily to single mothers who do not work at all during the year,” Rector said.

He went on to say that Clinton was elected on “ending welfare as we know it, but this recreates welfare as we know it.”

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