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


120 lawmakers propelled record investment in children, new scorecard says

| November 3, 2022 |

Scorecard for 117th ranks members’ commitment to children One-hundred-and-twenty members of Congress helped propel record investment in children this year, according to a new


Children’s Budget 2022

| October 6, 2022 |

Children’s Budget 2022, released today, finds that the share of federal spending on children climbed to a historic 11.98% of the U.S. budget in


Fact Sheet: Key Takeaways from Children’s Budget 2022

| October 6, 2022 |

First Focus on Children is proud to release the Children’s Budget 2022, which provides a comprehensive analysis of the share of spending allocated to


Children’s Budget 2022 finds record-breaking investment in children

| October 5, 2022 |

Federal spending on children broke records during the pandemic, a new report from First Focus on Children finds, but Congress is quickly abandoning that


Fact Sheet: Voters Strongly Support Making Investments in Our Children and Grandchildren

| June 30, 2022 |

After witnessing a gradual divestment in our nation’s children in recent years and seeing that the COVID global pandemic and economic recession negatively impacted


By 6-to-1 margin, voters say federal government should spend more on children

| June 13, 2022 |

American voters believe — by a roughly 6-to-1 margin — that the federal government is spending too little on the health, safety, and well-being


Our Kids Need and Deserve Champions

| June 2, 2022 |

First Focus Campaign for Children just released our 2021 Champions for Children Legislative Scorecard, which analyzed the sponsors of over 300 pieces of legislation


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?