Budgeting for the Next Generation: A Conversation on Children and Federal Policy

On October 23, 2018, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget hosted a panel of experts for a conversation on federal policy and budgeting for children on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

When it comes to the federal budget, children are clearly not a high priority. Despite higher rates of poverty and more economic potential than older generations, children receive a smaller share of federal dollars and are burdened with a large share of the national debt. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget’s Budgeting for the Next Generation project is investigating how children fare in the federal budget, demonstrating that the process itself is biased against spending on children, and presenting a number of potential options to improve this treatment.


  • Romina Boccia, Director of the Grover M. Herman Center for the Federal Budget, Heritage Foundation
  • Marc Goldwein, Senior Vice President and Senior Policy Director, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
  • Heather Hahn, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute and co-author of the annual Kids' Share report
  • Bruce Lesley, President, First Focus

Watch the Video of the Forum