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


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


COVID relief passes with aid for millions of children

| March 10, 2021 |

Biggest policy gain for children in decades The American Rescue Plan passed just moments ago by the House of Representatives marks the biggest policy


Letter: We must place children’s needs at the top of our priorities by committing to “1% for kids”

| February 17, 2021 |

Members of the Children’s Budget Coalition, comprising over 80 advocacy organizations dedicated to prioritizing children and families in federal policy and budget decisions, sent