WASHINGTON, March 15 (UPI) -- Spending on adults is eating up more of the U.S. federal budget, while children's programs get a smaller portion, a study said.
The Urban Institute study found that children's share of the federal budget has dropped from 20 percent in 1960 to 15.4 percent and is on track to drop to 13 percent by 2017, USA Today reported Thursday.
"Despite frequent rhetoric from policymakers on the priority given to children, the federal budget makes fairly clear that children are less of a priority and more of an afterthought," the report said.
The newspaper said senior citizens are a powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. AARP spent $105 million lobbying since 1998, while the Children's Defense Fund spent $1.3 million, USA Today reported.
"Children are a voiceless, vote-less constituency," Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund said. "They don't lobby, and they don't make campaign contributions."