Election won, but is it a victory for kids?
Democrats retained the White House and the Senate last night, while the House remained firmly in Republican hands. But how did kids fare election night?
Voices and its nationwide network of child advocacy groups have been working throughout the election season to get the media and the candidates talking about kids. They have succeeded in their states and localities by hosting in-person events, conducting online advocacy, and educating both the voters and the candidates on what kids in America need now.
But it was an often uphill battle, and kids, who lack powerful lobbyists, were sometimes snubbed. Learn more about the need for the newly elected (and re-elected) officials to talk about kids in our post-election press release.
President Obama enjoyed a big victory in the electoral college, and had the contest wrapped before midnight. While we don’t make partisan statements, we can say that many of President Obama’s policies, like the expansion of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the signing of the health reform law, are making a big difference in the lives of children nationwide. His philosophy of debt reduction for the nation — raise more government revenue as well as trim spending — could also help ensure that children’s program don’t fall victim to some of the huge, callous cuts some in Congress have proposed.