IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 11, 2019
Mr. Menendez (for himself, Ms. Harris, and Mr. Casey) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Budget
To amend title 31 of the United States Code to require that Federal children’s programs be separately displayed and analyzed in the President’s budget.
This Act may be cited as the
Children's Budget Act.
Amendment to title 31
Section 1105(a) of title 31, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
A detailed, separate analysis for the prior fiscal year, the current fiscal year, the fiscal year for which the budget is submitted, and the ensuing fiscal year identifying the amounts of gross and net appropriations or obligational authority and outlays that are directed to children within the United States and territories including—
summaries of the total amount of such appropriations or new obligational authority and outlays requested for children and children’s programs;
an estimate of levels of spending on children and children’s programs; and
a detailed breakdown of spending on children and children’s programs by agency and initiative.
In this paragraph—
children means individuals under 19 years of age; and
spending on children includes—
Federal entitlement spending that goes directly to children;
outlays for programs and initiatives that, consistent with their mission, deliver services exclusively to children;
outlays for programs and initiatives that, while not serving children directly, have as a core mission goal the improvement of children’s health, education, welfare, or general well-being; and
the share of funding for Federal programs and initiatives that deliver services to both children and adults that is consistent with the share of program benefits for children based on the best available data.
In implementing this paragraph, including determining what Federal activities or accounts constitutes spending on children or children’s programs, the Office of Management and Budget shall consult periodically with the Committee on the Budget and the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate, the Committee on the Budget and the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives, and the Congressional Budget Office.