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


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


Policy Brief: How Proposed Budget Cuts Harm Children

| May 9, 2023 |

The U.S. House of Representative’s recent passage of H.R. 2811 uses the full faith and credit of the United States as a bargaining chip


2023 Agenda for America’s Children promotes health, well-being

| May 9, 2023 |

Experts urge Congress to work for kids First Focus Campaign for Children today released its 2023 Agenda for America’s Children, which outlines the steps the


Statement: Debt Limit Bill would gut children’s health care, food aid, and other programs

| April 26, 2023 |

As the House of Representatives moved toward a vote today to increase the nation’s debt limit in exchange for deep cuts to federal spending


Letter: In Opposition to the Debt Limit Bill (H.R. 2811)

| April 26, 2023 |

Today, First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives urging them to reject the debt