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First Focus Campaign for Children sent the following letter to Reps. Kim Schrier (D-WA) and Steve Stivers (R-OH) supporting their bill, the Early Detection to Stop Infant Abuse and Prevent Fatalities Act (H.R. 2076).
Excerpt From the Letter: Child abuse and neglect is a serious issue that has lasting impacts on children for years to come. Early detection of abuse and neglect is imperative in protecting the wellbeing of American children. Medical providers, child protective workers, and caregivers of young infants should have support from our government in order to effectively identify such indicators and protect children from further harm.
On July 24, 2019, First Focus Campaign for Children wrote a letter to the Senate Democratic Leadership in support of the Stop Cruelty to Migrant Children Act (S.2113).
We urge Senate Democrats to cosponsor, consider, and pass the package introduced by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and some of your colleagues entitled “Stop Cruelty to Migrant Children Act” that seeks to end the “cruel and neglectful treatment of children at the U.S.-Mexico border and reform how children fleeing persecution are treated between the moment at which they arrive at our borders to claim asylum and the ultimate resolution of their asylum case.” We would also urge the Senate to pass legislation to codify the Flores Settlement Agreement, which provides for basic health and safety standards for all children in federal immigration custody, and a “best interest of the child” standard for all policies that govern how our government interacts with children.
On June 18, 2019, First Focus Campaign for Children wrote a letter to House Democratic Leadership regarding the "best interests of the child" standard and helpful proposals moving toward that.
- We urge House Democrats to cosponsor, consider, and pass the following important pieces of legislation:
- H.R. 3729, the Child Trafficking Victims Protection and Welfare Act, by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard
- H.R. 3239, the Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in CBP Custody Act by Rep. Raul Ruiz
- H.R. 2043, the Fair Day in Court for Kids Act by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard
- H.R. 1012, the Reunite Every Unaccompanied Newborn Infant, Toddler, and Other Children Expeditiously (REUNITE) Act by Rep. Adriano Espaillat
- H.R. 541, the Keep Families Together Act by Rep. Jerrold Nadler
- H.R. 2572, the Protect Family Values at the Border Act by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard
- H.R. 2217, the Families Not Facilities Act of 2019 by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
- H.R. 3451, the Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections for Separated Children Act of 2019 by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard
- H.R. 3452, the Help Separated Families Act of 2019 by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard
On June 9, 2019, First Focus Campaign for Children wrote a letter to Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Representative Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) in support of their School Food Modernization Act of 2019 (S.1949/H.R. 3444).
In 2018, school cafeterias served nearly 5 billion lunches, of which three-quarters were at a free or reduced price. Schools are making terrific progress in providing healthier school foods with more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains; less salt and saturated fat; no trans-fat; and healthier snacks and beverages. However, many school cafeterias are still using outdated, inefficient equipment which inhibits their ability to meet strong evidence-based school food nutrition standards that are consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Given that school meals are a critical source of nutrition for children from low-income and food-insecure households, it is crucial to modernize kitchen infrastructure and improve workforce training to improve the quality and efficiency of our school food operations.Investing resources in nutrient-rich meals pays off in the form of improved health and educational outcomes for participating students.
We applaud you for recognizing the federal government’s responsibility to support school food operators in serving a healthy and appealing meal to all participating children. The School Food Modernization Act provides crucial loan guarantees and grants to improve our schools’ lunch facilities and equip kitchen staff with the necessary training to prepare food with fresh, nutritious ingredients.
On June 25th, 2019, First Focus Campaign for Children wrote a letter to Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Susan Davis (D-CA) in support of their Stop Summer Hunger Act of 2019 (S. 1941/H.R. 3378.)
Excerpt from the Letter: First Focus Campaign for Children knows it will take a multi-pronged approach to ensure that these children have enough to eat during the summer months. This includes strengthening and expanding summer meal sites so that they are accessible to more children, extending the Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) program so that families can purchase additional food for their children during the summer, and, where appropriate, establishing non-congregate models to fill in the gaps.
The Stop Child Summer Hunger Act of 2019 takes the important step of making this comprehensive package a reality by making the Summer EBT program available to all families with children eligible for free and reduced price lunch. Summer EBT has already proven to reduce very low child food security by 33 percent. Meanwhile, a recent landmark study by the National Academy of Sciences estimates that making Summer EBT available to all eligible school-age children, in concert with overall increases to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, could reduce child poverty by 18 percent. We applaud this legislation and look forward to the process of Child Nutrition Reauthorization as an opportunity to incorporate it into a comprehensive package that closes the summer hunger gap.
On June 24th, 2019, First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter of support to Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representatives Don Young (R-AK) and Rick Larsen (D-WA) in support of their Summer Meals Act of 2019 (S. 1908/H.R. 2818.)
Excerpt from the letter: The Summer Meals Act of 2019 takes the important step of ensuring more low-income children can access nutrition and learning enrichment at summer meal sites by reducing the area-eligibility threshold from 50 to 40 percent, providing transportation grants, increasing the number of meals available, and reducing paperwork burden for sponsors. We look forward to the process of Child Nutrition Reauthorization as an opportunity to incorporate your legislation into a comprehensive package that closes the summer hunger gap.
Letter: In Support of the Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Patrol Custody Act
First Focus Campaign for Children wrote a letter in support of H.R. 3239, the "Save Kids Act," by Representative Raul Ruiz.
On behalf of First Focus Campaign for Children, a bipartisan children’s advocacy organization dedicated to making children and families the priority in federal policy and budget decisions, we are writing to express our thanks for introducing the Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Protection Custody Act.
Every child has the right to have their basic needs met and to be treated with humanity, but unfortunately the current state of the US border does not guarantee this. In the last year, six migrant children have tragically died in U.S. custody.
On June 20th, 2019, First Focus Campaign for Children wrote a letter to Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) in support of their Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act of 2019 (S. 1966).
Excerpt from the Letter: On behalf of First Focus Campaign for Children, a bipartisan children’s advocacy organization dedicated to making children a priority in federal budget and policy decisions, I am writing to express our support for the Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act of 2019. This legislation is an important component of the comprehensive package needed to fight summer hunger for millions of our nation’s children.
As you know, food insecurity is a devastating reality for 12.5 million—or 1 in 6—children across the country. For these children, many of whom are already exposed to the harmful effects of poverty, this inconsistent access to enough healthy food creates yet another obstacle to their ability to learn, grow, and thrive. Child Nutrition Programs such as the National School Lunch Program and National School Breakfast Program, and Summer Food Service Program are instrumental in ensuring that such children can count on a nourishing meal at school or at a congregate feeding site in the summer. Unfortunately 83 percent of the low-income children enrolled in School Meal programs are not accessing nutrition during the summer. For more than 17 million children, summer is the hungriest time of the year.
On June 18th, 2019, First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter to the Leadership of the Senate Committee on Finance and the House Committee on Ways and Means and in support of changes to the tax code that lift children out poverty.
As you continue to work through a range of tax legislation addressing retirement security, the redesign of the Internal Revenue Service, an extension of temporary tax credits, and other important updates to the tax code, I write on behalf of First Focus Campaign for Children to urge you to adopt critical changes to our tax code that would reduce child poverty significantly in the near-term. As a bipartisan children’s advocacy group dedicated to ensuring that our children and families are a priority in federal policy and budget decisions, child poverty reduction remains a chief priority for our organization. Unfortunately, child poverty remains stubbornly high in the United States, and despite economic growth and low unemployment rates, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that 17.5 percent, nearly 13 million children in the U.S., lived in poverty in 2017.
This past February, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) released a landmark study, A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty, confirming that child poverty is a solvable problem when there is the political will to address it. Additionally, First Focus Campaign for Children has provided an analysis distilling the nearly 600-page study to highlight the findings and policy options we find most compelling, provide commentary on how its policy and program options line up with current legislative efforts, and add contextual factors to consider for effective implementation of these policy options. Written by a committee of the nation’s leading experts on child poverty, this study puts forward an evidence-based policy agenda that, if prioritized and implemented by our nation’s lawmakers, would achieve the goal of cutting our child poverty rate in half within a decade. Modifications to the tax code are paramount to achieving that goal.
On June 10th, 2019, First Focus Campaign for Children wrote a letter to Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) in support of their Help Grandfamilies Prevent Child Abuse Act (S. 1181).
Excerpt from the Letter: This bill would provide these grandparent caregivers the support and services they need in order to effectively raise their grandchildren. We recognize the importance of this legislation in ensuring that children are raised by a family member when their own parents cannot provide the care they need to thrive. Extensive research has shown that children who cannot be raised by their birth parents have more stable and safe childhoods when raised by extended family or family friends compared to being raised by non-relatives.