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Federal spending on children is dropping 60 percent faster than federal spending overall. That’s just one of the alarming conclusions of Children’s Budget 2014, the latest installment of the annual spending report issued by advocacy group First Focus.
Children’s Budget 2014 analyzes more than 180 federal investments that have a critical impact on the lives of children and families, from education and child abuse prevention to Social Security and affordable housing. It finds that since 2010, federal spending on our youngest citizens has dropped 14 percent, while total spending has dropped 8 percent.
The Children’s Budget was released Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, at a summit keynoted by CNN’s Ronald Brownstein. Children’s Health Fund Executive Vice President for Policy and Advocacy Dennis Johnson took part in a panel discussion at the summit on how advocates can collaborate to further the cause of America’s children.
“Children’s Health Fund is deeply concerned about the trajectory of disinvestment and the abandonment of appropriate levels of commitment to children’s programs,” said Johnson. “Why? Because kids need a fair chance to be full participants and beneficiaries of the opportunities this country offers.”
There is still time to reverse these trends and launch a new era of investments in children. Congress has begun its annual budget debates. As First Focus President Bruce Lesley points out, our representatives on Capitol Hill need to hear from advocates early and often.
“The choices Congress makes right now will have lifelong consequences for children,” said First Focus President Bruce Lesley, “and we’ve got to help them make better choices.”