The Child Tax Credit and other supports to increase family income have enjoyed broad bipartisan support for over 20 years. Policy advocates and leaders from Presidents Obama and Trump to former House Speaker Paul Ryan to Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) have proposed and implemented innovative policy solutions to boost family income. On July 26, 2021, the American Academy of Political and Social Science and Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, hosted a policy discussion on extending the expansion of the Child Tax Credit and other policy proposals to support low- to moderate-income families.


  • Samuel Hammond, Director of Poverty and Welfare Policy, Niskanen Center
  • Chye-Ching Huang, Executive Director, Tax Law Center at NYU Law
  • Avenel Joseph, Vice President for Policy, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Wells King, Research Director, American Compass
  • Tom West, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Domestic Business Tax, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Moderated by: Aparna Mathur, Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School

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Wells King
Wells King is the former research director at American Compass.
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