Press Releases

Senate “Labor-H” Appropriations Bill Invests in Kids

July 10, 2013

Washington – The bipartisan children’s advocacy organization First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter today urging members of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee to support the committee’s draft federal fiscal year 2014 appropriations bill for the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and related agencies. The “Labor-HHS” appropriations bill authored by Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) would, as the letter observes, restore recent cuts to critical children’s initiatives and strengthen investments in key priorities.

Roybal-Allard Bill Would Help Families Stay Together

June 28, 2013

Washington — Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) introduced today the Help Separated Families Act, legislation to improve the likelihood that children taken into state custody following immigration enforcement actions against their parents can ultimately reunify with their parents. Similar language has been included in Senate immigration reform legislation (S. 744), so today’s introduction of House legislation sets the stage for a House debate over the impact of immigration enforcement policies on children and their parents.

Senate Immigration Bill an Important Step Forward for Children and Families

June 27, 2013

Washington — The bipartisan children’s advocacy organization First Focus today released an analysis of immigration reform legislation passed today by the United States Senate. The analysis finds that the bill offers significant gains for children and families, but a few priority issues remained unaddressed by the Senate.

Senate Appropriations Committee Protects Child Nutrition Safety Net

June 20, 2013

Washington – The U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations voted today to approve legislation funding the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and related agencies for federal fiscal year (FY) 2014. The legislation provides $548 million more for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) for FY 2014 than 2013 levels. This overall funding level allows the Senate bill to maintain investments in critical nutrition initiatives, including:

  • An initiative that helps new mothers breastfeed their babies;