Federal Advocacy Resources

Below are resources related to federal advocacy:


Webinar: 2022 Federal Advocacy Tools:

Many of you choose to engage on federal issues as well as state or local issues. To help you decide when and how to engage on these issues, and to make sure you understand where your federal delegation has the most significant opportunities to influence legislation affecting children, we hosted a call to share a set of tools that we update annually.

These include:

  • A tentative federal timeline
  • A list of House and Senate Committees with a summary of their jurisdiction over key children’s programs; we also will include links to the committee membership so that you can see where your members have influence
  • A list of federal budget terms
  • A list of programs that are up for reauthorization
  • A list of national organizations with expertise in various child issues

We walk you through the major Congressional actions affecting children that we anticipate and discuss who is likely to be the determining votes on these bills. We hope this will help you plan your work and make the most of what we know are your limited resources for federal advocacy.


Partnership Documents:

Preliminary Federal Timeline: This timeline projects what can be expected in the 2021 federal budget process. It can be used as a guide to plan federal advocacy and messaging throughout the year. 

Definitions of Terms Used in the Federal Budget Process: This document describes common terms used in budget conversations to help explain some of the federal jargon.

Reauthorizations for Children’s Programs: This document provides reauthorization deadlines for programs that affect children. It also lists programs that have already expired. 

Key Committees for Children’s Issues: This document lists all of the committees that have jurisdiction over programs affecting children. 

Committee Assignments by State: This document can help you identify where your elected officials play a key role for children.

  • House Committee Chairs: this sheet lists which states have representatives that are chairs or ranking members on committees or subcommittees.
  • Senator Committee Assignments: this sheet lists every Senator’s committee and subcommittee assignments.
  • Jurisdictions for Children: this sheet lists key Senate committees that have jurisdiction over programs affecting children.
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