Letters and Correspondence
Letter: Prioritize children before the end of the year
Today, First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter to Members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives calling on them to make children the priority in any of the legislative vehicles that Congress considers before the end of the year.
Excerpt from the letter:
The 117th Congress started its session strong by passing the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which included incredible investments for children. As a result, FY2022 set a record in the share of spending for children in the federal budget: 11.98% percent of federal funding went to children, compared to the historic low of 7.47% in FY2020. U.S. Census Bureau data showed that these investments led to the lowest child poverty rate on record for the United States. Furthermore, the House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act, which promised to be the most important piece of legislation for children and families ever by building on the progress made under ARPA. Unfortunately, that bill was not made into law, and children paid the price.