A final vote on President Biden’s jobs and infrastructure agenda has been delayed as Democrats in Congress negotiate with their own right flank over the size and scope of the legislation.

At particular risk, Sonali Kolhatkar writes this week, is the expanded Child Tax Credit, which has proven effective at rapidly reducing child poverty in this country. Democrats shouldn’t let a handful of millionaire conservatives in their own ranks derail this wildly successful intervention, she argues.

Also this week, Josue De Luna Navarro takes a look at the bigger picture of how the U.S. treats migrants after disturbing photos from Texas appeared to show Border Patrol agents whipping Haitian refugees. Jim Hightower makes a plug for the public Postal Service. And cartoonist says Senator Joe Manchin, not President Biden, is acting like the president.

We’ve been light these past few weeks and thanks for bearing with us for that. In the coming weeks I’m hoping we’ll have more time to fill up our contributor pipeline again.

New This Week…

We’re Finally Decreasing Child Poverty. Let’s Not Blow It. | Sonali Kolhatkar
The expanded Child Tax Credit is dramatically reducing child poverty, but it needs to be extended ASAP. Let’s not blow it.

Immigration Cruelty Goes Beyond the Border | Josue De Luna Navarro
Migrants are hit long before they migrate, before they reach the border, and often long after they cross it.

The Postal Service Is a Service — Not a Business | Jim Hightower
It’s supposed to deliver mail cheaply and effectively, not turn a profit. And it does.

President Manchin | Khalil Bendib
Sorry, Mr. Biden.

In Case You Missed It…

Big Money’s War on the Build Back Better Plan | Sondra Youdelman
The administration’s jobs and infrastructure package is very popular, but corporate lobbyists are fighting it tooth and nail.

With Health Care At Stake, Our Voices Should Count | Tammy Rojas
I know what going without care is like. With hospitals closing and insurance still hard to get, we need to organize for something better.

To Save Jobs and Fund Infrastructure, Close This Loophole | Brian Wakamo
Greedy private equity executives often pay lower tax rates than the employees they put out of work. Here’s how to fix it.

The Simplest, Most Effective, and Popular Way to Fund the Jobs Bill | Chuck Collins
Even Trump voters like the idea of a modest extra tax on multimillionaires.

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Peter Certo

Peter Certo is the editorial manager of the Institute for Policy Studies and editor of OtherWords.org.

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