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.


Statement: Budget bill boosts child care, children’s health

| December 20, 2022 |

Child poverty and other issues to get greater coordination In response to the FY 2023 budget deal reached by Congressional negotiators, First Focus Campaign for

Letter: Enhance the CTC & EITC before end of session

| December 8, 2022 |

Today, First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter to Congressional leaders signed by over 280 organizations calling on them to take action to

Statement: Inflation Reduction Act’s climate investments will protect children but Congress must work harder to restore children to the agenda

| August 16, 2022 |

On today’s signing of the Inflation Reduction Act, First Focus Campaign for Children President Bruce Lesley made the following statement: “We applaud the House

Statement: Reconciliation must make room for children

| July 29, 2022 |

In response to the reconciliation agreement unveiled by Sens. Schumer and Manchin — the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) —First Focus Campaign For Children President

Letter: Children’s Budget Coalition urges swift passage of FY 2022 spending bills

| February 15, 2022 |

The First Focus Campaign for Children and members of the Children’s Budget Coalition today sent a letter to Congressional Leadership urging them to pass

Letter: Build Back Better is a children’s bill— and needs to remain so.

| February 3, 2022 |

First Focus Campaign for Children sent this letter to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris urging them to protect kids in the

Fact Sheet: Build Back Better for Children

| December 1, 2021 |

The United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 5376 on November 19, 2021 — a historic package of provisions that will make transformational differences

Letter: Pass all child-related items in the reconciliation package

| October 22, 2021 |

First Focus Campaign for Children sent this letter to all 535 members of Congress, calling on them to commit to children by passing all

Letter: Fund the U.S. Census Bureau

| October 5, 2021 |

Over 40 children’s advocacy organizations sent this letter to Congress requesting that the U.S. Census Bureau receive at least $2 billion in funding in

More than 250 advocate groups urge White House to fight child poverty

| April 20, 2021 |

More than 250 national, state, and local organizations are urging the White House to build on the extraordinary child poverty-fighting measures in the latest