Watch: 2020 Democratic presidential candidates answer Christian leaders' question about poverty
The Democratic senator from Colorado shared four policy objectives. One of which is his American Family Act that he described as one of the “most important parts” of his agenda.
“[It] is the most progressive anti-poverty proposal since Medicaid,” Bennet said in his Circle of Protection video. “It will dramatically increase the child tax credit to $300 a month for kids under the age of 6 and $250 a month for kids over the age of 6. Not only will this lift up families, but Columbia University found that it would cut childhood poverty by 40 percent in just one year.”
Bennet said he would pair his proposal with an increase to the earned income tax credit. He also called for the implementation of paid family and medical leave. And called for an increase to the federal minimum wage, which sits at $7.25 per hour.
“Together I believe these four policies will make a transformational difference in the lives of millions of families,” Bennet said.
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