WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief legislation has passed Congress and includes a change to the tax code that Democrats have praised as a tool to fight child poverty and Republicans have denounced as "welfare." 

Under the legislation, the American Rescue Plan, American families can claim up to $3,600 per child under age 6 and $3,000 for children up to age 17 for one year to help combat the economic damage of the pandemic. House Democrats are looking to make the tax change permanent. The current tax credit is up to $2,000 per child. 

Biden supports a permanent extension of the credit, and White House press secretary Jen Psaki said last week he would be "open to look for avenues to do that." He is expected to sign the legislation Friday.

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