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by Children's Budget Coalition category: Politics
This campaign ended on January 24 at 10AM
On January 24 at 10:30 am ET, the U.S. Senate Committee on Budget will hold a confirmation hearing on Rep Mick Mulvaney for OMB Director. Please join children's advocates in elevating the importance of children in the federal budget.
There are more than 200 distinct programs that benefit children and families and the Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, Health & Human Services and Education, Agriculture, Transportation Housing & Urban Development and Commerce, Justice & Science have jurisdiction over many of these critical programs. You can learn more about these different programs in the 2016 Children’s Budget book.
There are two disinvestment trends for programs that benefit children:
1. Total government spending on children in the last five years, when adjusted for inflation, is down 9.4 percent, more than twice the rate of overall spending decreases of 4 percent. These totals include mandatory and discretionary spending as well as American Recovery & Reinvestment Act outlays. We are concerned with these disproportionate cuts to children’s programs and the long-term impact they will have on the futures of our nation’s children and families.
2. The overall share of federal spending for children is only 7.89 percent of total government spending, which is down from children’s 8.29 percent share in 2014. Furthermore, over the last five years, the federal share of discretionary spending dedicated to children has dropped by 7.2 percent. We are concerned with this disinvestment in children, which has not kept pace with overall increases in federal spending during the same time.
We cannot continue down this path – our children deserve better. Join us in ensuring that robust federal investment in the critical programs that nurture children is a top priority for our nation’s leaders!
Watch the hearing LIVE here, and follow hashtag #InvestinKids for updates!
Children's Budget Coalition
The Children’s Budget Coalition, made up of over 45 children-focused organizations, strongly supports robust funding for programs that impact children’s development and well-being, particularly in the areas of health, education, nutrition, housing and welfare.
Melanie Looper Antone
Dr. Jaime Friedman
Anika Kumar, MD