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Letter: The reason our county’s benefitting from federal program


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In reference to an article in the Oct. 21 edition of RDR about the $6 million in federal aid coming to Chaves County for child care businesses, I’d like to add a few facts that your readers might like to or need to know that were not included in the article. The reason why 33 child care providers in the county will receive over $6 million in essential aid (the state of New Mexico got $197,000,000.) is because Democrats in the House and Senate in Washington voted for it, and Biden signed it into law. The Democrats sent this aid to you and your children. Not one single Republican congressperson or senator voted for it. They voted against the American Rescue Plan.

There are many things in this rescue plan that benefit families, including expanded/extended unemployment benefits, expanded child tax credit and earned income tax credit, continuation of food assistance programs, new investments in WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children), in health coverage, in housing assistance, funding for K-12 schools.

Also, a new round of stimulus payments, public health investments, paid leave provisions, additional child care funding and aid to businesses.

The new child tax credit provides the largest child tax credit ever and historic relief to the most working families ever — and as of July, most families are automatically receiving monthly payments of $250 or $300 per child without having to take any action. You are right now in a better place financially because of these checks. So this is why families in Chaves county are receiving this financial aid. This story should be told. And other stories as well: Why did the Republicans vote against your best interests? Why do they always vote in the interests of corporations instead? Why are they stirring up animosity and lies to keep you angry and ill-informed? Ask why the Republicans voted against you and your children. You can also check your own facts and biases. Why are you not seeing who is on your side and who is not?

If you are not automatically receiving monthly child tax credit payments, the deadline to sign up is Nov. 15. Go to https://www.whitehouse.gov/child-tax-credit/ for info and a sign-up link.

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Terri Rolland

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