With passage of final appropriations bills, FY 2012 will be for the first time, the second year in a row that discretionary funding for kids has been cut. In total, when adjusted for inflation, discretionary funding for kids will 2012_Kids_Appropriationsdecline by more than 2.2%. This amounts to a loss of nearly $1.7 billion since FY 2010. At a time when almost 1 in every 4 children live in poverty, funding for kids should be on the rise.