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House GOP Budget Would Be a Disaster for Children

Federal Budget
Tax Policy

Washington – A highly unrealistic GOP budget proposal that would make deep cuts to programs that benefit children and working families was laid out this week by House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, R-GA.

The GOP budget proposes $6.5 trillion in cuts over 10 years that would drive the most vulnerable children and working families deeper into poverty. The cuts target programs with direct impact to children’s wellbeing, including Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The budget would also eliminate the Affordable Care Act and severely hamper access to the Child Tax Credit, a proven way to lift families out of poverty.

“Children are especially hit hard by this budget proposal,” said Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus. “Frankly, the proposal is unrealistic. It would reverse health coverage for millions of Americans now covered under the Affordable Care Act, make severe cuts to programs that assist America’s poorest children and their families, and cripple non-defense discretionary programs at levels much lower than sequestration. If this proposal were to pass, one thing is certain, poor children and their families would irreparably be harmed.”


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