Budget Accord Sought by Children’s GroupsFederal Budget
By Tamar Hallerman
A coalition of more than a dozen children’s advocacy groups is calling on Congress to negotiate a new spending agreement that boosts funding for nondefense programs, even as lawmakers remain at an impasse over the sequester.
In a letter being sent to congressional leaders Tuesday, 14 advocacy groups urged ditching the discretionary spending caps prescribed in a 2011 deficit reduction law (PL 112-25) in order to bolster the nondefense discretionary accounts that fund children’s initiatives. The groups suggested a budget accord similar to the two-year bipartisan budget agreement enacted in December 2013 (PL 113-67), which loosened the sequester caps equally for both defense and nondefense discretionary programs…