Today, Donna Klein our President and CEO had a meeting with America’s Promise where she learned some shocking facts about how children are treated in the federal budget.
- For the past five years, only one penny of every new, real non-defense dollar spent by federal government has gone to children and children’s programs.
- Children’s spending makes up only ten percent of the entire non-defense budget.
- The overall share of federal, non-defense spending going to children’s programs has dropped by 10 percent over the past five years.
- Real discretionary spending on children has declined by more than six percent since 2004, while at the same time all other non-defense discretionary spending has increased by more than 8 percent.
By Susan Holbrook