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Letter to the House Asking for Cosponsors for the Children’s Budget Act

October 14, 2009

Dear Representative:


The National Education Association (NEA), representing 3.2 million educators across the nation, encourages you to add your name as a cosponsor of the Children’s Budget Act (H.R. 3772), introduced by Representative Danny Davis (D-IL).  This legislation would require the Administration to include in their budget submission to Congress an accounting for how the budget impacts the totality of programs that impact children directly.

According to Children’s Budget 2009, released last month by First Focus, for the past five years, less than one nickel out of every new, real non-defense dollar spent by the federal government has gone to children and children’s programs.  Children’s spending makes up less than ten percent of the entire non-defense budget.  The overall share of federal, non-defense spending going to children’s programs has dropped by twelve percent over the past five years.  And, real discretionary spending on children has declined by one percent since 2005, while at the same time all other non-defense discretionary spending has increased by four percent.

The Children’s Budget Act would provide Congress with greater information about how children are faring in the federal budget.  The bill has no cost, but would offer great benefit as it would increase awareness about the impact of federal policy decisions on our nation’s children. 

To add your name as a cosponsor of the Children’s Budget Act, please contact Jill Hunter-Williams with Rep. Davis 5-5006.  Thank you for your consideration of our views on this issue. 

Sincerely,

Diane Shust
Director of Government Relations

Randall Moody
Manager of Federal Advocacy