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On June 10th, 2019, First Focus Campaign for Children wrote a letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee in opposition to Senator Lindsey Graham's (R-SC) Secure and Protect Act of 2019 (S. 1494).
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 strong opposition to the Secure and Protect Act of 2019.
As an organization committed to the health and safety of all children in the United States we are extremely concerned with the attempts of both Congress and the Administration to undermine vital protections for children such as the Flores Settlement Agreement and the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) to allow for the prolonged detention of children and immediate repatriation of unaccompanied children to dangerous situations.
On May 2nd, 2019, First Focus Campaign for Children wrote a letter to Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Representative Susie Lee (D-NV) in support of their Keeping Our Promises to America's Children and Teachers (PACT) Act (S. 1172/H.R. 2315.)D
Excerpt from the Letter: As the bill states, children are our nation’s greatest treasure and future and ensuring that every child has an equal opportunity to receive a high-quality education should be one of our top priorities. Part A, Title I of theElementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as well as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) special education grants serve our nation’s neediest students and work to narrow the education gap hat exists in our country. Unfortunately, funding for these programs consistently falls woefully short of meeting the true needs of these students.
On June 3rd, 2019, First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter to Representatives Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Mike Kelly (R-PA) in support of their Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019.
Excerpt from the Letter: On behalf of First Focus Campaign for Children, a bipartisan children’s advocacy group working to ensure children and families are a priority in federal policy and budget decisions, I write to offer our strong support for H.R. 748, the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019.
A key tenet of our Proactive Kids Agenda is to ensure all children have health coverage that meets their physical, oral, and behavioral health care needs. In light of the fact that over 37 million children have employer-provided health care coverage, we are deeply concerned that the 40 percent “Cadillac Tax” on employer coverage will encourage the shifting of even more costs onto families through higher deductibles and copayments, the imposition of coverage limitations, and the elimination of benefits, which disproportionately impact family plans and the pediatric coverage specific to the need of our nation’s children. Although slated for 2022, there is evidence that the “Cadillac Tax” is already causing employers to make changes to their health plans to avoid the tax.
On March 13th, 2019, Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Robert Portman (R-OH) and Angus King (I-ME) reintroduced the Housing for Homeless Students Act (S. 767). First Focus Campaign for Children wrote a letter of support for this legislation during the 114th Congress.
Excerpt from the Letter: According to the National Center for Homeless Education, there were over 1.3 million homeless children and youth enrolled in public school during the 2016-2017 school year.1 On top of that, a survey conducted on college students in 2018 found that 36 percent of college students were housing insecure, 9 percent were homeless, and 1 in 4 former foster youth enrolled in higher education had experienced homelessness in the past year.2 Currently, homeless youth, or those who have experienced homelessness in the past, who attend a four-year college or university full-time cannot take advantage of housing built with funds from the Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) Program due to the “student rule."
This “student rule” was put in place to prevent LIHTC dollars from being used to build dormitories, as well as to prevent college students with temporarily low incomes from taking advantage of resources reserved for individuals and families with more serious housing needs. However, homeless and previously homeless youth experience unique housing needs and lack the access to housing and financial resources that many other college students have available to them through their families.
This legislation would amend the Internal Revenue Code by changing the “student rule” in the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program to allow homeless and formerly homeless youth who are attending a college or university full-time to qualify for housing built with these low-income housing tax credits. These populations would now be exempted from the “student rule”, along with former foster youth, single parents, and parents receiving public assistance.
On April 25, the First Focus Campaign for Children (FFCC) sent a letter to leaders on the House and Senate Judiciary Committees in strong opposition to H.J.Res. 36, a proposal by Rep. Jim Banks to create an amendment to the U.S. Constitution on “parental rights.”
Excerpt from the Letter: H.J.Res. 36 would create greater threats to the safety, health, and well-being of children because the “parental rights” language preempts any protections for children absent a government interest of the “highest order” or "a parental action or decision that would end life.”
The consequence of the silencing or dismissal of the voices of children about the harm they experience and their needs has the effect of protecting the abusers, which include parents, government, and private institutions, rather than the children. If policymakers are to take actions that impact children, it should be to take action in their ‘best interest,’ to protect them from harm, and, at the very least, to do no harm. Unfortunately, H.J.Res. 36 undermines the fundamental rights, protections, and voice of children and would do harm. It should be rejected.
On February 11th, 2019, the First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter of support to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) for their FAMILY Act (S. 463/H.R. 1185).
Excerpt from the Letter: Paid family leave promotes healthy child development and promotes family economic security. It gives parents a chance to adequately care for their newborns or children with special health care needs. For example, men are more involved with their child’s direct care when they are able to take off two or more weeks after the birth of their child and women are available to breastfeed their newborn.
Access to paid family leave has significant positive health implications for children and families by allowing parents to care for their children. For example, men are more involved with their child’s direct care when they are able to take off two or more weeks after the birth of their child and mothers are available to breastfeed their newborn.
Letter: Support for the Developing Innovative Partnerships and Learning Opportunities that Motivate Achievement Act (DIPLOMA Act).
First Focus Campaign for Children Sent a Letter to Representatives Judy Chu, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Lucille Roybal-Allard supporting their introduction of the DIPLOMA Act, which aims to utilize this evidence-based strategy to ensure that students from low income families or underperforming schools have the support system they need to engage and succeed both in school and their community.
First Focus Campaign for Children sent this letter to Representative Dina Titus in support of the Weekends Without Hunger Act, which would create a pilot program to allow schools, food banks, homeless shelters, summer meal programs, and more to provide kids with nutritious take-home bags of food so that a vacation from school doesn’t mean hunger for kids.
On behalf of the First Focus Campaign for Children, a national bipartisan children’s advocacy organization dedicated to making children and families a priority in federal budget and policy decisions, we commend your work on the Children’s Program of All-Inclusive Coordinated Care (ChiPACC) Act. We are honored to continue working with you on the bill, have the bill passed, and continue to support the Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus.
On behalf of the First Focus Campaign for Children, a national bipartisan children’s advocacy organization dedicated to making children and families a priority in federal budget and policy decisions, we commend your work on behalf of our nation’s children. Senate bill 3427 and House bill 6775 can have a profound effect on the health and well-being of children all across the country.