Vowing to fight for the middle class, President Barack Obama on Monday proposed nearly doubling the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit for middle-class families making less than $85,000 per year.
Obama announced the proposal at a meeting of the White House Middle Class Task Force. The initiative is part of the White Houses increased emphasis on the economy and on assisting middle-class families in advance of Obamas State of the Union speech Wednesday.
Unfortunately, the middle class has been under assault for a long time, Obama said. Too many Americans have known their own painful recessions long before any economists declared that there was a recession. Weve just come through what was one of the most difficult decades the middle class has ever faced: a decade in which median income fell and our economy lost about as many jobs as it gained.
Obama also wants to provide a $1.6 billion increase in child care funding to help middle-class families, provide a system of automatic workplace individual retirement account enrollments and create limits on student federal loan payments.
Creating good, sustainable jobs is the single-most important thing we can do to rebuild the middle class, Obama said. And I wont rest until were doing just that.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.