Tax Policy

Federal tax policy accounts for more than 40 percent of all federal investments in America’s children. And federal tax initiatives like the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit lift millions of children out of poverty every year. But children are often an afterthought in congressional tax policy debates, and tax policies that shield children from poverty are consistent targets for political attacks. First Focus mounts an aggressive defense of tax policies that protect children and works with policymakers to build even better tax policies for children.

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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


A Tragic and Harmful Tax Bill — Whose Price Children Will Bear

| December 2, 2017 |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (WASHINGTON, D.C.)–Bruce Lesley, President of the First Focus Campaign for Children, issued the following statement after House and Senate passage of


How Kids Fare in the Senate “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”

| November 27, 2017 |

The Senate to Vote on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act The Senate is poised to vote on its version of the Tax Cuts


15 Ways the Tax Bill Harms Children and Families

| November 7, 2017 |

Recently, the House of Representatives passed its tax bill to dramatically overhaul the existing tax code with a 227 to 205 vote. The bill’s


New Proposal to Expand Child Tax Credit Would Slash Child Poverty Rate

| October 27, 2017 |

WASHINGTON–The First Focus Campaign for Children applauds the introduction of the American Family Act of 2017, which would expand the Child Tax Credit to more effectively


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


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


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


No to H.R. 4722 and H.R. 4724

| March 14, 2016 |

H.R. 4722 would deny millions children access to the refundable portion of the Child Tax Credit (CTC). Currently, immigrant parents who are ineligible for