Funding Priorities for the Next Year Focuses on the Most Vulnerable Kids
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 15, 2014) — Save the Children welcomed the passage of the Fiscal Year 2015 funding legislation by Congress this week, preventing another government shutdown and prioritizing the needs of kids at home and abroad. We commend Congress’ important and continued investments in child care and early learning for children across the U.S. Given the increasingly volatile and challenging funding environment and number of competing priorities, we are also pleased to see Congress protect overall funding for the international affairs budget, and prioritize critical international development and humanitarian funding for children including in the areas of maternal and child health (MCH), Ebola, and international disaster assistance.
“We applaud appropriators and members of Congress for passing a bill that ensures those programs that make the biggest difference for kids here at home and around the world are funded,” said Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of Save the Children. “These programs don’t comprise a large part of the overall budget, but the difference they make in a child’s life is invaluable.”
Congress’ commitment to improving and expanding high-quality early learning programs help lay the foundation for a child’s success in school, career and life. This funding will continue to provide critical investments in high-quality early child care and education, which helps more U.S. families get ahead and ensures that our youngest learners receive a strong start.
Last year, Congress provided the largest level of funding ever toward ending preventable maternal and child deaths, and Congress built upon and increased that commitment today. “The world has achieved a more than 40% reduction in under-five mortality in just a few decades, but one million babies still don’t survive past their first day. Now is the time to press forward to ending preventable deaths of moms and kids, not scale back – and we are so pleased that Congress understands and shares this vision,” continued Miles.
Save the Children appreciates Congress’ continued commitment to basic education as well as fighting hunger and malnutrition. In addition to the provision of funding, the passage of the Feed the Future bill this week in the House of Representatives is a major congressional achievement toward ensuring the U.S. meets its commitment to end preventable child deaths, nearly half of which are caused by malnutrition, and its goal to prevent stunting, a debilitating life-long sentence caused by chronic malnutrition, in at least 2 million children by 2017.
Additionally, Congress protected foreign assistance humanitarian accounts against the severe cuts proposed by the Administration in the budget request earlier this year, providing unprecedented levels of funding to address humanitarian need across the world including in Ebola-affected countries, Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic. These resources are critical to ensuring that vulnerable populations around the globe have access to food, clean water, safe shelter and other lifesaving assistance when disasters strike.
By investing in children from the start, we can help millions of children in the U.S. get the early care and education they need to succeed, while also ensuring millions more around the world have a fair chance at a better future.
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