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


Children’s Budget Coalition Releases Official Statement on President’s FY 18 Budget Blueprint

| March 15, 2017 |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 16, 2017 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Children’s Budget Coalition (CBC) released an official statement in response to the President’s Fiscal Year


Family Tax Policy: A Path Forward to Lifting Children out of Poverty

| March 14, 2017 |

  On March 14, 2017 the U.S. Child Poverty Action Group released Family Tax Policy: A Path Forward to Lifting Children out of Poverty. The


Using Tax Reform to Lift Children Out of Poverty

| March 14, 2017 |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 14, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. – A powerful coalition today released a paper that offers lawmakers a blueprint for using tax


Congress Shortchanging States and the Health of Millions of Americans

| March 13, 2017 |

The House of Representatives is moving forward with legislation that would impose 255 separate “per capita caps” upon state Medicaid programs — a fundamental and radical


Fact Sheet: Medicaid is Cost-Effective Coverage for Kids

| March 9, 2017 |

As the largest insurer of children, we know that Medicaid is critical to 36.8 million low-income children. From well-baby and well-child visits, to vaccines, eyeglasses, dental


Twitter Chat: Triple Threat to Children’s Health

Event March 15, 2017 |

Mar 15 2017 Ended Twitter Chat: Triple Threat to Children's Health Join First Focus, MomsRising, The Children’s Partnership and the Georgetown Center for Children


Federal Spending on Child Poverty Meager, But Root Causes Must Be Found: Experts Agree

| March 2, 2017 |

YouthToday 3/2/17 By John Holland WASHINGTON — The war on poverty and an array of social welfare measures that followed over the last half-century


From the Mouth of a Babe: A 7-year-old Asks Leaders to Prioritize Kids

| February 23, 2017 |

So often, children have no one to speak on their behalf. It’s one of the biggest reasons why First Focus and First Focus Campaign


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 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