The Demise of Build Back Better is a Gut Punch to Kids and Poor Families

The failure to pass President Biden's $2 trillion social spending and climate bill is a massive blow to the middle class and the environment. But the consequences, and in particular the continued lack of federally mandated paid family leave, as well as the lack of an extension of the enhanced child tax credit, are especially dire for poor families and their children. Even though paid family leave is associated with a 13% reduction in infant mortality, the U.S. does not guarantee it, one of just seven countries that do not. Although federal workers receive 12 weeks of paid leave, only [...]