Preserving investments in programs that protect the health and well-being of children now will pay huge dividends down the road. Unfortunately, many of the spending proposals being discussed Capitol Hill are making children an afterthought in the federal budget rather than a focus. And as a result, children are becoming the beneficiaries of an ever narrowing slice of federal spending.
Analysis of the federal spending proposals currently under consideration reveals stark comparisons. Released last year, President Obama’s FY 2011 budget proposal included an increase of $6.2 billion for children’s programs over 2010 levels. In contrast, H.R. 1, the House of Representatives spending bill passed in February 2011, cuts spending on children’s programs by $7 billion from 2010 levels. The comparison between these two spending proposals for 2011 translates to over $13 billion dollars that are in play related to federal children’s programs.
The "Don't Cut Kids" Campaign is an effort to raise awareness around reductions in federal spending on children and to demand that a fair share of federal resources is directed at programs that improve the lives of kids. Children cannot vote, hold press conferences, or donate to political campaigns in order to protect their interests. Our campaign is grounded in the belief that it is our responsibility as a society to stand up for what is best for kids. We are calling on advocates and the American public to urge policymakers on both sides of the aisle to protect our children from harm as they work to find solutions to our budget challenges.