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


Statement: Biden budget will “fuel investment” in our children

| March 31, 2022 |

After studying President Biden’s FY 2023 budget proposal, released this week, First Focus on Children President Bruce Lesley offers the following statement:  “We’re pleased that President


“Good, solid budget” benefits children But leaves millions without free school meals

| March 15, 2022 |

The $1.5 trillion spending bill signed this afternoon by President Biden keeps the federal investment in children from returning to historic lows. During the


A Senate Majority Is Allowing Child Poverty to Nearly Double

| January 6, 2022 |

Former Secretary Robert Reich asks a very important question: Why has America chosen to dramatically reduce poverty among the nation’s elderly but not among our children?


What’s at stake for kids if Congress doesn’t pass Build Back Better

| December 22, 2021 |

As negotiations have stalled and the fate of the Build Back Better Act hangs in the balance, children stand to lose access to monthly


Just in time for the holidays, Congress may slash benefits for struggling families

| December 9, 2021 |

Next week, millions of families will receive the last child tax credit payment of 2021. That we know for certain. But much else when


2021 Children’s Budget shows largest year-to-year increase in the share of federal spending on kids

| November 3, 2021 |

Sec. Xavier Becerra today reiterated the Biden Administration’s commitment to children, pointing to investments in child care, income supports, and the physical and behavioral


Congress won’t cut kids out — if we do this…

| October 15, 2021 |

Right now, Congress has the opportunity to cut child poverty, ensure more kids have access to health care, and save our struggling child care system. Some


Statement: $3.5T budget would benefit children, families

| August 12, 2021 |

 In response to the Senate’s passage of a $3.5 trillion budget plan, First Focus on Children President Bruce Lesley issued the following statement:  “We


WATCH: 4 working moms explain how the expanded Child Tax Credit will be a “relief” for their families

| July 15, 2021 |

Last week I had the opportunity to sit down with 4 working moms from West Virginia to talk about the new Child Tax Credit


A Children’s Agenda 2021: Their Moment is Now

| June 28, 2021 |

It’s time to restore American leadership, and a place to start is by investing in our nation’s future: our children. This means investing in