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


Protecting the Lives of America’s Youngest

| June 22, 2017 |

Remember Jimmy Kimmel’s tear-filled monologue pleading that all children in America should have healthcare, on behalf of his newborn son who underwent heart surgery?


OVERVIEW: Impact of the President’s FY 18 Budget Request on Children

| May 25, 2017 |

  President Trump’s $4.1 trillion budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018 seeks massive cuts to critical programs that help American children and families. It


Children’s Health: Impact of the President’s FY 18 Budget Request

| May 24, 2017 |

President Trump sent his first budget proposal to Congress earlier this week. The FY 2018 budget request calls for $4.1 trillion to fund government


Trump Budget Harms Kids & Families by Slashing $1.5 Trillion from Medicaid and CHIP

| May 23, 2017 |

The FY 2018 budget proposal released today by the Trump Administration includes a host of provisions that would dramatically cut health care access, coverage,


Dozens of Children’s Groups Call Trump’s FY 18 Budget Harmful to Kids

| May 23, 2017 |

When 57 of the biggest, most recognizable children’s organizations in the country say the President’s proposed budget is going to harm America’s kids, it


To Address Child Poverty, Let’s Start with a Clean Diaper

| May 10, 2017 |

EDITOR’S NOTE: This guest post can also be found on the Voices for Kids Medium publication. A clean diaper is among the most basic


Hey, Congress: Is It Good for the Children?

| May 4, 2017 |

First Focus sent a letter to Republicans and Democrats in House and Senate leadership today asking them to answer a few important, but largely


Request for Information from CBO on American Health Care Act

| May 3, 2017 |

On May 3, 2017, First Focus sent a letter asking Congressional leadership for help in providing missing information from the Congressional Budget Office with


AHCA Round Two: Same Bad Deal Made Even WORSE for Children & Families

| April 27, 2017 |

(WASHINGTON, DC) – With President Trump’s 100-day milestone looming, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Republican leaders continue negotiations to secure the votes they need to


This is the Week to Make Children’s Lives Great

| April 25, 2017 |

It’s shaping up to be an action-packed week in Washington, DC as the White House scrambles with Congressional leaders to pass a signature piece