The start of a new year heralds 2 noteworthy events in our nation’s history, one of which may be more familiar to you than the other. The first is the convening of what will be the 113th US Congress and the second, perhaps less known to many, is the 65th anniversary of our journal, Pediatrics. Why announce these events together? Because the uniting force that brings our journal and our nation’s legislative body together this year is the same one that has united us in the past, along with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and all other pediatric advocacy groups and publications: the future of children, in this country and around the world.

You do not need to be a congressional leader to know that this past election year was fraught with turbulence in campaigns waged locally, statewide, and nationally, and with that turbulence, an agenda for children...

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