Bush Plan Left Out Low-Income Families, Lincoln Says

May 31, 2003
Posted at: 3:58 p.m. CDT

WASHINGTON -- Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln says low-income families were unfairly squeezed out of the tax-cut package President Bush signed this week.

In the Democrats' weekly radio address, Lincoln said ``we should fix this problem immediately.''

Lincoln said she would introduce legislation next week to restore child tax credits to low-income families that were stripped out of President Bush's tax cuts at the last minute.

Bush's package will provide child tax credits. Republicans have touted the landmark tax package as much-needed relief for working families. Under the increased tax credit, which ranges from 600 dollars to one-thousand dollars, most families this summer will receive a 400 dollar check in the mail for each child.

A provision that would have extended that benefit to families with annual incomes between $10,500 dollars and $26,000 was quietly scratched from the final bill by GOP negotiators.

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