Washington, D.C. – Today, First Focus Campaign for Children announced U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) as a 2020 Champion for Children. First Focus, a national bipartisan children’s advocacy organization, grants this award to the top 120 members of Congress who work to represent children in legislation. This is the 10th year Senator Casey has earned the distinction.
“As Americans, it is our solemn obligation to help families ensure every child has the support and freedom they need to reach their full potential. I am grateful to receive this honor from First Focus, a strong advocate for the needs of American children and families. I will continue to fight to advance legislation that will help our Nation’s young people grow and learn so that we may fulfill the promise of opportunity for every child,” said Senator Casey.
As the chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families, Senator Casey is at the forefront of children’s advocacy in Congress. In 2020, he announced a detailed legislative proposal to give children a fair shot to achieve the future they deserve, the Five Freedoms for America’s Children. This plan identifies five basic freedoms that our society must guarantee to our Nation's children, and recommends policy changes to ensure those freedoms for all children: the freedom to be healthy, the freedom to be economically secure, the freedom to learn, the freedom to be safe from harm and the freedom from hunger. Senator Casey also introduced the Child Poverty Reduction Act of 2020, which would set a national goal of reducing child poverty by half in 10 years, and the Scarlett’s Sunshine on Sudden Unexpected Death Act, which was enacted to strengthen efforts to investigate and collect information when a young infant or child dies.