A Victory for Millions of Hardworking Americans, Thanks to You

January 4, 2016
by Joanne Carter, Executive Director, RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund

Just before the holidays, Congress made crucial provisions of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) permanent at long last, sending a lifeline to millions of hardworking Americans all across the country.

This is an incredible moment for us at RESULTS, and we have you to thank for it. It is because of your tireless efforts — including at least 225 face-to-face lobby meetings, 145 EITC/CTC media pieces, and thousands of letters, e-mails, and phone calls over the last two years — that 50 million Americans won’t have to worry about their tax credits disappearing. They will be able to pay for basic things like heating, groceries, and car repairs. And 16 million Americans won’t be forced into poverty or deeper into poverty.

I can’t overstate the role of your unrelenting dedication and advocacy in this hard-won victory. Even in the last few weeks, when a deal seemed shaky, you hit hard to make sure the EITC and CTC remained a priority for our lawmakers. You are the backbone of RESULTS and your voice is changing the world — one piece of legislation at a time.

We still have a long way to go to make sure all our government’s policies put low-income Americans first, and we will keep fighting to strengthen and expand these tax credits in the months and years ahead.

For now, I want to personally thank each and every one of you for your hard work. Together, we can end poverty and make sure that all families not only have what they need to make ends meet, but can build future in which they and their children have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

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