Romney stirs discussion by proposing $350 Monthly Child Allowance for parents

Utah Senator Mitt Romney has suggested a plan that would pay parents $350 per child under 6 and $250 for children between the ages of 6 to 17 in an attempt to fight child poverty.

Romney said in a release “American families are facing greater financial strain, worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, and marriage and birth rates are at an all-time low.”

“On top of that, we have not comprehensively reformed our family support system in nearly three decades, and our changing economy has left millions of families behind,” he continued. “Now is the time to renew our commitment to families to help them meet the challenges they face as they take on most important work any of us will ever do—raising our society’s children.”

Huffpost writer Arthur Delaney tweeted “Romney‘s child benefit is actually BOLDER than what Democrats have proposed with the child tax credit.”

“He’s pitching an actual child allowance rather than reverse engineering one through the tax code. Payments by SSA instead of IRS,” he added.

However liberal icon Robert Reich tweeted “Before anyone gets too excited about Mitt Romney’s plan for child benefits, note it eliminates Temporary Assistance for Needy Families as well as child tax credit. So hardly clear that poor families and kids come out ahead.”