Bob Menéndez and Kamala Harris Focus on Children
Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Bob Menéndez (D-NJ), and Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the Children’s Budget Act and the Focus on Children Act, a package of bills designed to shine a light on and provide a full accounting of all federal funding that is spent on behalf children. The legislation would require the president’s budget request to include a separate accounting of proposed spending on children and pOptionsrovide a similar accounting from the Congressional Budget Office on legislation before Congress. Menéndez said, “The well-being of America’s children cannot continue to be an afterthought, but must be a national priority. It should be the responsibility of every president, regardless of party, to outline how their proposals would impact our youngest generation.”Children currently represent 24% of the U.S. population. Yet, according to estimates from First Focus, programs that help children are getting a smaller and smaller share of the federal budget. “One of our government’s top priority should be the health and well-being of children. This Administration’s policies – from threatening CHIP funding to separating children from their parents at the border – demonstrate how far they are from that goal,” said Harris. “We need complete transparency of the resources or lack thereof our government put into our children.” More here.