The Biden administration on Thursday launched the biggest US anti-poverty program in a half century, sending monthly payments for the first time to help most American parents care for their children. Under the program, families will receive up to $300 per month for each child under age 6 and $250 monthly stipends for each child 6 and older. For the moment, the payments will extend through the end of 2021, although Biden and his Democratic Party colleagues in Congress hope to extend the benefit as part of a package of social safety net measures they want to enact. Republicans however say Biden’s initiatives are too costly and object to his call to raise taxes on corporations and the wealthiest Americans to pay for them.