Brown, Manchin supporting "Working Families" tax relief act

Published: Apr. 11, 2019 at 5:27 PM EDT
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Four days before this year's income tax filing deadline, U.S. Senate Democrats want to expand tax relief for middle-class Americans.

46 Senate Democrats, including Ohio's Sherrod Brown, have put their support behind a bill Brown is co-sponsoring, called the "Working Families Tax Relief Act".

It includes expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit to middle-income taxpayers.

"People making $10, 20, 30, 40, 50,000, more or less, will get good-sized tax breaks, Brown said Thursday. "People making a little more than that will get some help, too. Our bill will actually put money in the pockets of four million Ohioans."

The bill calls for the middle-class tax cut often proposed by Democrats, including during the Clinton and Obama administrations.

Brown argues the tax cut measure approved by congressional Republicans and signed into law by President Donald Trump in late 2017 did little to boost incomes, except for the wealthiest Americans.

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin also is listed as a supporter of the bill.