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Children’s Budget Coalition Applauds Sen. Wyden for Prioritizing Kids

| February 14, 2017 |

The U.S. Senate is slogging through the nomination process of Cabinet-level presidential appointments. Several positions remain unfilled and one position – the Director of the White House Office of Management of Budget (OMB) – is of particular importance to the Children’s Budget Coalition, which is made up of over 50 children focused organizations that strongly support robust funding for programs that impact children’s development and well-being, particularly in the areas of health, education, nutrition, housing and welfare.  Read More

Why #JeannetteBelongsHere

| February 13, 2017 |

Zury, one of Jeannette’s children, was featured in the PSA series This Is My American story.

“[I am] a mother that loves her children so much and that is going to do anything that is needed to be with them always. And also, I want to do everything that is necessary so that no one else has to go through what I’m going through.”
—Jeanette to Boulder Weekly, August 27, 2015

These are the words of Jeanette Vizguerra, mother of four, and vocal immigrant advocate. Vizguerra faces deportation. Her stay of removal expired Feb. 7th and she is required to check-in with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement tomorrow. Unfortunately, this is not a new process for the Vizguerra children who are all too familiar with the fear of losing a parent Read More

The Long Game: Tolerance and Respect for One Another

| February 8, 2017 |

In 2017, the United States of America turned its back on refugees. History will judge us poorly, but that’s no consolation for the children, women, and men fleeing war zones today, thinking America represents safety and freedom. So while the Statue of Liberty boldly declares, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” the U.S. government has abandoned that ideal. In 2017! But this essay is not about Pres. Trump’s executive order, or the extraordinary responses by so many lawyers and other citizens who stood up for the rights of refugees and Muslims. It’s about the more deeply-rooted beliefs that allow such an executive order to come to fruition in the first place.  Read More

Trump’s Executive Actions Pose Serious Threat to Kids

| January 31, 2017 |

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This weekend saw a great deal of chaos as authorities attempted to implement President Trump’s recent executive orders that ban entries from seven Muslim majority countries and halted refugee admissions.

In an interview with ABC news anchor John Muir, the President insisted that these actions are necessary to protect the United States from terrorism and violence and that only those individuals who have gone through an “extreme vetting” process will be able to enter.

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The Real Way to ‘Make America Great Again’

| January 23, 2017 |

This post originally appeared on Medium. Subscribe to the Voices for Kids publication on Medium.

President Donald Trump rarely mentioned children’s issues through much of his presidential campaign, but his inaugural speech to the nation did. However, for much of it, he painted a dark picture of a dystopian America where children are scared, poor, and uneducated.

He began by carrying over a populist theme from his campaign. Trump said, “For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered, but the jobs left. And the factories closed.”

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Congress Should Commit to ‘Do No Harm’ to Children

| January 15, 2017 |

This post originally appeared on Medium. Subscribe to the Voices for Kids publication on Medium.

The U.S. Senate voted on two amendments by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) in the wee hours of the morning on Thursday that sought to protect children and young adults from being harmed by efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare.

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The ‘Big Con’ of Medicaid Block Grants

| December 13, 2016 |

This post originally appeared on Medium.

“It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” — Mark Twain

In a recent article entitled “Beware of the Medicaid ‘Big Con’,” Dr. Deane Waldman, director at the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation, defines the “big con” as follows:

Any good con has three parts: the mark — the one who is conned; the take — what the con man gets; and the fake, the illusion or purposely distortion of reality. The bigger the take, the more marks conned, and the grander the fake, the bigger is the con.

Proposals to block grant and dramatically cut funding to Medicaid would fit the definition of the “big con,” and states should not be made the fool by this scam.

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Governors, Insurance Commissioners to Send Health Coverage Ideas to House Leadership

| December 9, 2016 |

There’s no question that the conversation about healthcare is significantly and rapidly changing.

As discussions continue regarding the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), block-granting Medicaid or making it a per-capita-cap program, earlier this week, Republican House leadership wrote to governors and state insurance commissioners. The letter requests input on “key administrative, regulatory, or legislative changes… that would help reduce costs and improve health outcomes” in Medicaid. The letter also asks about the individual, small group, and large group health insurance markets in states. Additional issues include:  Read More

This #GivingTuesday, Think Like a Child

| November 29, 2016 |

Consider the state of America’s children:

  • The U.S. government spends less than 8% of its budget on children.
  • Five million children risk losing a parent to deportation, while others languish in family detention centers
  • Children continue to drink lead-contaminated water, experiencing physical and mental health side-effects.

There’s also the issues of food access, high-quality early education and children’s health insurance to consider – the list could go on and on.  Read More

What Will it Take to Make Life Lead-Free for Kids?

| November 28, 2016 |


This week, the First Focus Campaign for Children along with several other groups, is calling on Congress to provide funding assistance before the end of the year for Flint, MI and other communities affected by lead contamination.  Read More