Federal Budget

When it comes to prioritizing children in the federal budget, Congress is badly out-of-step with the needs and wants of the American people. While voters think more than one-fourth of federal resources should be invested in children, Congress allocates less than 8 percent. First Focus is working to change that, by publicizing detailed analyses of fiscal proposals from a children’s perspective, publishing an annual Children’s Budget, and advancing policy solutions to ensure that children are the priority in the federal budget.

Resources


Letter of Opposition: Fiscal Commission Act of 2023 (H.R. 5779)

| January 18, 2024 |

Today, First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter to Representatives Jodey Arrington and Brendan Boyle, Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee


Letter: The Administration should take these actions and achieve our shared goals for children in 2024

| January 1, 2024 |

Today, First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter to President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Office of Management & Budget Director Shalanda


Letter: Children are in crisis, children must be included in end-of-year budget decisions

| November 14, 2023 |

Today, First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter to Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker Mike Johnson, and Minority Leader


Joint Letter: Extreme factions in Congress will cause undue harm to children

| September 25, 2023 |

Today, First Focus Campaign for Children, Children’s Defense Fund, American Federation of Teachers, Children’s HealthWatch, Child Welfare League of America, National Diaper Bank Network,


Issue Brief: The True Emergencies — Children’s Healthy Development

| August 2, 2023 |

This brief was led by First Focus with members of the Children’s Budget Coalition to summarize some of the vast and urgent needs of


Statement: Senate tax credit bill makes “huge strides” toward ending child poverty

| June 14, 2023 |

Legislation comes as lawmakers eye tax cuts for corporations, wealthy people In response to today’s reintroduction of the Working Families Tax Relief Act, First Focus


Letter: Children’s Budget Coalition fights against cuts to children in debt ceiling talks

| May 19, 2023 |

Today, more than 50 organizations in the Children’s Budget Coalition, led by First Focus on Children, sent a letter to House Speaker McCarthy, House


Letter: White House must protect the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program in debt ceiling talks

| May 19, 2023 |

Today, First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter to President Biden and Vice President Harris urging them to protect the Temporary Assistance for


Letter: Congress must protect the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program in debt ceiling talks

| May 19, 2023 |

Today, First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter to House Speaker McCarthy, House Minority Leader Jeffries, Senate Majority Leader Schumer, and Senate Minority


Letter: American Family Act is key to children’s well-being

| May 18, 2023 |

Focus Campaign for Children has sent a letter to Representatives Rosa DeLauro, Suzan DelBene and Ritchie Torres expressing our strong support for their American