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.


Letter: Adequate Funding for the U.S. Census Bureau

| March 16, 2018 |

We are writing to express our support for adequate funding for the U. S. Census Bureau in Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019 to provide

President’s Budget Would Wreak Havoc on America’s Children

| February 12, 2018 |

Today, the President released his Fiscal Year 2019 budget proposal, which flies in the face of last week’s Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (BBA).

Continuing Resolution #5: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly for Children

| February 6, 2018 |

The fifth Continuing Resolution (CR), released by the House of Representatives with a vote expected today, would temporarily extend funding for virtually all federal

Unfair, Insulting Tax Bill Gambles with Our Children’s Future

| December 21, 2017 |

WASHINGTON—Bruce Lesley, President of the First Focus Campaign for Children, issued the following statement after passage of the Republican tax bill in the House

Congress’ FY 18 Budget Resolution Neglects Children

| October 26, 2017 |

WASHINGTON—The Children’s Budget Coalition, convened by the First Focus Campaign for Children, is dismayed that Congress passed a Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget resolution today

Failure to Secure CHIP Funding Leaves 9 Million Children in Jeopardy

| September 29, 2017 |

First Focus Campaign for Children, along with several children’s advocacy groups, released a joint statement today on the impact of Congress’ failure to pass

Leading Children’s Health Groups to United States Senate: “Vote NO on the Graham – Cassidy Health Care Repeal Bill”

| September 25, 2017 |

The American Academy of Pediatrics, Children’s Defense Fund, Children’s Dental Health Project, Children’s Hospital Association, Family Voices, First Focus Campaign for Children, March of

Trump FY 18 Budget Would Significantly Harm Children

| May 23, 2017 |

WASHINGTON—The First Focus Campaign for Children is deeply concerned about the devastating impacts the President’s Fiscal Year 2018 (FY 18) budget would have on

Congress: Make Children a Priority in 2018 Budget

| May 11, 2017 |

On May 11, 2017, the Children’s Budget Coalition submitted a letter to Congress (House / Senate) urging policymakers to consider the needs of America’s

More than 55 Groups Urge Congress to Make Children the Priority in 2018 Budget

| May 11, 2017 |

WASHINGTON–The Children’s Budget Coalition, which includes more than 55 organizations committed to ensuring federal investment in critical programs that help American children–sent letters (House