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


Fact Sheet: The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018

| March 30, 2018 |

On March 23rd, 2018, President Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, an omnibus spending bill that funds the government for


Statement: The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018

| March 23, 2018 |

First Focus responded to today’s passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, which funds the government for the rest of Fiscal Year 2018


Letter: Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform

| February 23, 2018 |

Our nation is facing a number of enormous challenges – demographic changes due to a rapidly aging Baby Boomer generation and a declining share


The President’s Budget Speaks Louder Than His Words on School Safety

| February 22, 2018 |

Last week’s devastating mass shooting at a Florida high school has led to renewed calls on Congress to act to end the scourge of


Fact Sheet: Impact of the President’s 2019 Budget Proposal on Child Nutrition Assistance

| February 20, 2018 |

The President’s Fiscal Year 2019 (FY 19) budget includes several harmful proposals that would drastically cut and restructure domestic food assistance programs that serve


Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Leaves Children Behind

| February 20, 2018 |

The release of the administration’s infrastructure plan and the FY19 President’s Budget shines a light on Trump’s legislative priorities (Spoiler: minimal good news for


Fact Sheet: Impact of the President’s 2019 Budget on Children

| February 15, 2018 |

President Trump’s $4.4 trillion budget proposal for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 seeks massive cuts to critical programs that help children and families. It takes


7 Ways Congress Can Honor Children on Universal Children’s Day

| November 20, 2017 |

Countries all around the world are celebrating children’s rights today. Today marks the 63rd anniversary of the United Nations establishing November 20 to be


Children’s Budget 2017

| November 17, 2017 |

Children are receiving less than 8 percent of the federal budget—and this share fell 5.5 percent between 2014 and 2017, according to Children’s Budget 2017,


House Hearing Highlights Needs of Children in Opioid Crisis

| November 10, 2017 |

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education and the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development held a joint hearing