Press Releases

Kids Advocates Urge No Vote on Ag Appropriations Bill, As Drafted

June 10, 2014

Washington – The bipartisan children’s advocacy organization First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter today urging members of the United States House of Representatives to oppose legislation funding the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), absent the adoption of amendments to strike policies that undermine efforts to mitigate childhood hunger and obesity. Though the legislation fully funds critical child nutrition initiatives, it weakens those initiatives’ nutritional standards.

Franken Bill Would Fix the “Kids Glitch” to Cover Uninsured Kids

June 5, 2014

Washington – The First Focus Campaign for Children, a national bipartisan children’s advocacy organization, today endorsed the Family Care Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) to remedy a glitch in U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If uncorrected, this ill-considered regulation could leave health insurance out of reach for as many as 1.9 million children.

Dr. Phil and 100+ Organizations to Congress: Protect Kids from Overmedication

May 29, 2014

Washington – Dr. Phil McGraw, arguably, the world's leading mental health expert, television personality and outspoken children's rights activist, has cosigned a letter joining more than 100 organizations in urging U.S.

Put the Nutrition Back in Nutrition Programs, Advocates Urge Appropriators

May 28, 2014

Washington – The First Focus Campaign for Children, a national bipartisan children’s advocacy organization, released a letter today urging leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee to support an amendment by Congressman Sam Farr (D-CA) to protect science-based standards for federally-funded school nutrition initiatives. Farr’s amendment would strike a provision in the draft U.S.