If you're curious about what percentage of the federal budget is spent on children, all you have to do is check out Children's Budget 2009.
Some conclusions, according to their website:
- 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.
- 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 4 percent.
Children's Budget 2009 was compiled by First Focus, a D.C.-based organization that wants to make federal spending on children a priority.
Updated: October 19 2009