Washington – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) today told reporters that he expects year-end fiscal legislation to lift congressional budget caps that have driven cuts to critical investments in children. The bipartisan children’s advocacy group First Focus led more than a dozen leading advocates for children and families in congressional leadership to raise the arbitrary congressional budget cap on “non-defense discretionary” appropriations to a level on par with defense discretionary funding.

Responding to McConnell’s comments, the First Focus Campaign for Children released the following statement by its president, Bruce Lesley:

“Senator McConnell’s comments are very encouraging, and we urge bipartisan negotiations on lifting the non-defense discretionary budget caps. Investing in a strong defense protects children from real and serious threats. So does investing in the initiatives that protect kids from hunger, homelessness, ignorance, abuse and neglect, illness, and poverty.”


First Focus is a bipartisan advocacy organization dedicated to making children and families the priority in federal policy and budget decisions. For more information, visit www.firstfocus.org.