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


House Abandons Vote on American Health Care Act, Families Breathe Sigh of Relief

| March 24, 2017 |

This afternoon, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced that the House of Representatives would not put to a vote the American Health Care Act, H.R.


ACA Repeal Vote Delayed Due to Lack of GOP Support; Kids’ Lives Hang in the Balance

| March 23, 2017 |

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Earlier this afternoon, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced a delay in the vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) (H.R. 1648)


Leading Children’s Health Groups to House of Representatives: Keep Medicaid Strong

| March 22, 2017 |

American Health Care Act would jeopardize care for children and families Washington, DC—The American Academy of Pediatrics, Children’s Defense Fund, Children’s Dental Health Project,


New House Healthcare Bill Would Harm Medicaid, and Thereby, Child Health Coverage

| March 7, 2017 |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 7, 2017 (Washington, D.C.) – In response to the release of the American Health Care Act by Republican leadership in


Advocacy Groups Warn of ‘Disastrous’ Effects of Proposed Medicaid Cuts

| February 22, 2017 |

FierceHealthcare by Leslie Small 2/22/17 The changes to Medicaid funding recently proposed by Republicans could have serious consequences for vulnerable populations and state budgets


Letter: Support for Repeal of the “Cadillac Tax”

| February 14, 2017 |

On February 7, 2017, First Focus submitted a joint letter to the Senate and House of Representatives urging Congress to prioritize investments in children’s programs, in


Recommendations for the First 100 Days of the Trump Administration

| February 8, 2017 |

Over the course of the next four years, 16 million children will be born in this country and they deserve to be met with


Child Advocates Release Recommendations for Trump’s First 100 Days

| February 8, 2017 |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FEBRUARY 8, 2017 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Amid sweeping changes by the incoming Trump Administration, First Focus Campaign for Children has issued its


Dismantling of ACA Violates “Do No Harm” Policy for Kids

| January 13, 2017 |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE In the early hours of Thursday morning, the U.S. Senate approved a budget resolution, the first step in the process of


Youth Advocates Share Hopes for First 100 Days

| January 9, 2017 |

YouthToday 1/9/17 By Molly McCluskey WASHINGTON — Candidate Donald Trump offered little insight into his prospective policies surrounding youth and families, and President-Elect Trump