Press Releases

For Child Refugees, Jeffries Bill Provides Needed Defense

June 23, 2014

Washington – The First Focus Campaign for Children, a bipartisan children’s advocacy organization, today endorsed the Vulnerable Immigrant Voice Act of 2014, legislation sponsored by Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) to ensure that child migrants are appointed legal counsel in removal proceedings.

Children’s Health Insurance Program Extension Effort Begins

June 11, 2014

Washington – The First Focus Campaign for Children, a national bipartisan children’s advocacy organization, sent a letter today thanking U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) for introducing the first legislative proposal to extend funding for the bipartisan federal-state Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Rockefeller’s bill, the CHIP Protection and Extension Act, would extend federal CHIP funding for four years.

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.