AAP outlines priorities for Trump administration, lame-duck advocacy continues
DevinMiller, Washington Correspondent
Upon the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States
on Jan. 20, the Academy will work with his administration and Congress to ensure the
needs of children and families are met and prioritized in all policymaking.
In addition to Trump’s election, Republicans retained control of the U.S. Senate,
with 51 Republicans and 47 Democrats as of Nov. 9, and will maintain their control
of the U.S. House of Representatives.
For the first time in eight years, the Academy will set a child health policy agenda
for a new presidential administration. The Academy’s priorities to advocate and promote
healthy children, support secure families, build strong communities and ensure that
the United States is a leading nation for children will continue to guide its work.
Serving as the foundation for this effort, the Academy’s Blueprint for Childrenwill provide federal leaders with the information they need to make that possible.
In fact, the document already has been adopted by several agencies and departments
planning their own transitions into the new administration.
In the meantime, the lame-duck congressional session is in full swing, which is the
timeframe between the national elections and the start of a new Congress when federal
legislators who may not have been re-elected must complete their terms.
The lame-duck session at the end of a presidential term can be especially critical
as the exiting administration often views this as the race to the finish line to advance
its final priorities, put a halt to others or lay the final groundwork for its legacy.
During this short period, the Academy will continue advocating for the advancement
of important child health legislation that did not make it to President Barack Obama’s
desk before the long congressional recess at the height of election season.
There are several issues the Academy will be tracking, including but not limited to
child welfare reform legislation, child nutrition reauthorization and appropriations.
For updates on the Academy’s policy priorities and timely opportunities for advocacy
action, sign up to become an AAP Key Contact by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trump responds to child health questions
During the campaign season, the Academy published responses from presidential candidates
Hillary Rodham Clinton and Donald J. Trump to four identical child health questions.
All questions and responses can be found at www.aap.org/votekids.
Here is Trump’s response to the following question:
Children are 25% of the U.S. population and 100% of the future. How do you propose
to provide for the future by investing in children?
The most effective investment we can make in our children's future is ensuring they
get a quality education regardless of their Zip code. We can do this by providing
real educational choices for every parent and child in America, particularly for children
who are trapped in failing schools. We can bring more resources to bear on those problems
if we are able to gain reforms in taxes, trade, immigration, energy, and in cutting
unnecessary red tape. We can make the world safer for this generation and future generations
of children and adults by recapitalizing our military and securing our borders. The
future can be very bright for our children if we Make America Great Again.