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Pro-life lawmaker urges GOP to save the adoption tax credit

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz. Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

Pro-life lawmaker urges GOP to save the adoption tax credit

WASHINGTON—Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., began pressuring GOP leaders Tuesday to put the adoption credit back into the Republican tax bill. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, released last week, would remove the one-time tax refund worth $13,570 to help families cover expensive adoption costs. The House Ways and Means Committee resumed its marathon tax bill mark-up Tuesday. During the weekly Republican conference meeting, Franks urged his colleagues to make sure the GOP isn’t responsible for making it harder for Americans to adopt children. “Republicans must not be guilty of funding Planned Parenthood while eliminating the adoption tax credit and then having to apologize for our noble and oft-repeated mantra of adoption, not abortion,” Franks said during the meeting, according to prepared remarks. He also circulated a letter he delivered to Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, the committee’s chairman, asking him to find a way to include the tax credit in the bill’s final version. In 2015, nearly 64,000 families used the adoption tax credit. The Ways and Means Committee plans to finish its work on the bill this week.

Evan Wilt Evan is a World Journalism Institute graduate and a former WORLD reporter.


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Laura W

Maybe it would be better to support adoption through some other channel? If every worthy cause has an associated tax break, then the tax code will be left as complicated and unwieldy as before.


I’m contacting my Congressman to ask him to support keeping the adoption tax break. I greatly admire those who adopt or foster kids. They need fewer barriers, not more. 

And yes, Mr. Bossard, there are many interests all wanting their own special treatment. Not many as deserving as adopting families.

Brendan Bossard

Based on the figures cited in the article, the adoption tax credit cost almost a billion dollars.  I have five adopted siblings, so I am in favor of keeping this credit; but if every special interest has its way, nothing will be dropped.  This is the price that we pay for our national debt.