Obama supports Brown’s bill

Senator proposes expansion of federal anti-poverty program

Sandusky Register
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, has picked up an ally in his effort to expand a federal anti-poverty program — President Barack Obama.

The senator’s bill to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit to help low-income people who don’t have kids and young adults is echoed in the president’s just-released budget.

Brown told reporters Tuesday in a telephone conference call that he welcomes the president’s help.

“Ensuring that hard work means a path to a middle class life should be a bipartisan goal,” Brown said. “The president’s budget proposal is an important step toward ensuring that Americans who work hard and take responsibility can take home more of their pay each month”

The Earned Income Tax Credit — available only to Americans who earned money by working in a job — provides cash through federal income tax returns to help low-income Americans. To get it, low-income taxpayers have to file an income tax return.

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