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Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham

Representing the 1st District of New Mexico

Lujan Grisham Named 2015 Champion for Children

Oct 27, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham was named a 2015 Champion for Children today by the First Focus Campaign for Children, a national bipartisan advocacy organization. First Focus recognized the top 100 Members of Congress who advocate on behalf of children in policy and budget decisions.

“This recognition is especially meaningful to me because First Focus is recognized for its budget expertise and advocacy on behalf of children and families,” Rep. Lujan Grisham said. “I’m proud to stand with First Focus in identifying where Congress must step up and address the root causes that affect the health, education and economic stability for families.”

“Lots of politicians talk about kids’ issues, but few back it up,” said Bruce Lesley, president of the Campaign for Children. “Representative Lujan Grisham delivered for kids.”

As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. Lujan Grisham was a leading voice against harmful cuts to SNAP and food nutrition programs that hurt children. And as a member of the House Budget Committee, the Congresswoman has argued in favor of restoring the cuts forced by sequestration, especially for programs that impact families.

Rep. Lujan Grisham spoke in June at the Children’s Budget Summit in Washington, D.C., held by First Focus. This group breaks down the federal budget into 200 areas where children are affected by the decisions made by Congress.

“It’s shameful, but true, that Congress currently invests just 7.9 percent of the 2015 budget on children,” Rep. Lujan Grisham said. “We can do better. I am committed to investing in the health and well-being of children and families, and I am working to convince other elected officials to put families first.”