C&KT Endorsed Congressman Recognized for Protecting Our Children
Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08) has been named a “Defender of Children” by the First Focus Campaign for Children for actively working to improve the lives of our nation’s children through public policy.
“There are few honors more humbling than being named a ‘Defender of Children.’ As public servants, we have no higher responsibility than to protect our children and to ensure that every child has a strong foundation for success,”said Fitzpatrick.“Each one of our kids deserves the opportunity to grow, learn, and thrive in a safe environment. As federal legislators, we owe a duty to support federal policies that keep this goal in mind.”
The First Focus Campaign for Children recognized Fitzpatrick and several Members of Congress for their votes on key health-related bills, like Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Affordable Care Act, and amendments to tax legislation. Additional criteria included bill introductions and co-sponsorships, and other actions where lawmakers have supported children in an array of issue areas.
“Even though child advocates had to defend a whole range of legislative and regulatory attacks on children, we have identified 120 Members of Congress that chose to make children a priority. We commend their leadership and hope they will inspire their colleagues to do the same,”said Bruce Lesley, President of the First Focus Campaign for Children.
View the full legislative scorecard from the Campaign for Children HERE.
Children in the United States face numerous hardships, including poverty, violence, abuse, neglect, hunger, education inequity, poor nutrition, homelessness, lack of health coverage, infant and child mortality, and family separation in mixed immigrant households that demand attention, policy solutions, political will, and action that make children a priority.

Other school safety bills to watch.

Latest Major Action Congress Bill Number Bill Title
Nov. 28, 2018 115 H.R.7185 To amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to establish a weekend and holiday feeding program to provide nutritious food to at-risk school children on weekends and during extended school holidays throughout the year.
Nov. 15, 2018 115 H.R.7056 To authorize the Attorney General to make grants to States to acquire a mobile application that facilitates the reporting of school safety threats to local law enforcement agencies for use by students in secondary schools, and for other purposes.
Sept. 28, 2018 115 S.RES.662 A resolution designating September 2018 as “Campus Fire Safety Month”.
Sept. 26, 2018 115 S.3506 A bill to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to strengthen school security.
Sept. 13, 2018 115 H.R.6773 To direct the Secretary of Transportation to issue rules requiring the inclusion of new safety equipment in school buses, and for other purposes.
Sept. 13, 2018 115 H.R.6798 To require the Director of the Institute of Education Sciences to make available to elementary and secondary school officials research for improving school safety, and for other purposes.
Sept. 12, 2018 115 S.3432 A bill to direct the Secretary of Transportation to issue rules requiring the inclusion of new safety equipment in school buses, and for other purposes.
Sept. 6, 2018 115 H.R.6713 To promote the creation of State anonymous school threat reporting programs, and for other purposes.
Sept. 6, 2018 115 S.RES.603 A resolution designating September 2018 as “School Bus Safety Month”.