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In August 2011, bipartisan majorities in both the House and Senate passed the Budget Control Act, which established "Sequestration" -- automatic, across-the-board cuts to federal spending to take... Read More

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Sep 21, 2012

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There is bipartisan agreement that sequestration would be devastating to the nation. The Coalition for Health Funding and nearly 3,000 national, state, and local organizations—representing the hundreds of millions of Americans who support and benefit from nondefense discretionary (NDD) programs—couldn’t agree more. Congress and the President must work together to ensure sequestration does not take effect. We strongly urge a balanced approach to deficit reduction that does not include further cuts to NDD programs, which have already done their part to reduce the deficit.

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TELL CONGRESS: BE FAIR! NO MORE CUTS TO EDUCATION! Across the board funding cuts known as “sequestration” will go into effect on January 2, 2013 unless Congress acts. Education funding would drop to pre-2003 levels despite the fact that America’s public schools have added 5.4 million students and costs associated with k-12 services have increased 25 percent since 2003. The sequester cut would dramatically impact 9.35 million students by eliminating services, cutting financial aid and increasing class sizes. As many as 78,400 jobs could be lost in early education, K-12 and postsecondary education. This would only exacerbate a dangerous trend of fewer educators and more students. Since July 2008, the country has lost 312,700 public education jobs. This means there are roughly as many local school jobs today as in December 2004. Yet, there will be 847,000 more pre k-12 public school students this coming school year than in the fall of 2004. NEA is calling on Congress to find a balanced approach to deficit reduction –including closing corporate tax loopholes and ensuring the top two percent of all earners -- those most able to do so -- pay their fair share. Education programs cannot continue to be the source for deficit reduction while millionaires and corporations benefit from tax cuts and loopholes! http://www.nea.org/home/1019.htm

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September 10, 2012 Dear Speaker Boehner, Minority Leader Pelosi, Majority Leader Reid, and Minority Leader McConnell: We write on behalf of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) to urge you to enact legislation to prevent sequestration—across the board cuts to all federal agencies— from occurring before January 1, 2013. If sequestration is allowed to proceed, it will devastate our nation’s public health infrastructure and biomedical research enterprise, which have already borne a disproportionate share of budget cuts in recent years. Our leaders understand the need to get the nation’s fiscal health in order. We also know that investments in infectious diseases and HIV research and public health efforts, development of new drugs, vaccines and diagnostics, and the provision of high quality health care can dramatically reduce health care costs in addition to saving countless lives and improving the quality of life for millions of Americans and people worldwide. Investments today pay significant dividends by preventing new infections, avoiding costly treatment interventions such as unnecessary hospitalizations and readmissions, and preventing permanent disabilities and deaths. Read full letter: http://www.hivma.org/uploadedFiles/IDSA-HIVMA%20Letter%20Opposing%20Sequestration%20091012.pdf

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September 10, 2012 Dear Speaker Boehner, Minority Leader Pelosi, Majority Leader Reid, and Minority Leader McConnell: We write on behalf of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) to urge you to enact legislation to prevent sequestration—across the board cuts to all federal agencies— from occurring before January 1, 2013. If sequestration is allowed to proceed, it will devastate our nation’s public health infrastructure and biomedical research enterprise, which have already borne a disproportionate share of budget cuts in recent years. Our leaders understand the need to get the nation’s fiscal health in order. We also know that investments in infectious diseases and HIV research and public health efforts, development of new drugs, vaccines and diagnostics, and the provision of high quality health care can dramatically reduce health care costs in addition to saving countless lives and improving the quality of life for millions of Americans and people worldwide. Investments today pay significant dividends by preventing new infections, avoiding costly treatment interventions such as unnecessary hospitalizations and readmissions, and preventing permanent disabilities and deaths. Read full letter: http://www.hivma.org/uploadedFiles/IDSA-HIVMA%20Letter%20Opposing%20Sequestration%20091012.pdf

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As you probably know, if Congress fails to pass a reasonable deficit reduction package, massive automatic cuts go into effect on January 2, 2013. Hardest hit will be programs in the non-defense discretionary category, the smallest portion of the federal budget. This includes funding for endangered species, wildlife law enforcement, national wildlife refuges, and a host of other programs critical to wildlife conservation. Sequestration will dramatically affect programs that are already hard hit with cutbacks. Non-defense discretionary funding has already been reduced to levels not seen since President Eisenhower held office. Even completely eliminating all of these programs would still not balance the budget. If sequestration is allowed to take effect, wildlife and conservation programs supported by nearly all Americans will suffer devastating cutbacks. * Urgent research on threats to endangered animals like the White-nose disease that is wiping out entire colonies of bats could be abandoned. * The listing and recovery of endangered species will be severely curtailed. * Wildlife law enforcement reductions will leave wildlife refuges vulnerable to criminal activity and will decimate anti-wildlife poaching and smuggling enforcement operations. * Many national wildlife refuges, forests and parks will be closed entirely -- harming local economies that benefit from millions of visitors each year. * Many public lands visitor centers will close, resulting in loss of education and recreation programs that benefit outdoor enthusiasts and children. * Protection for migratory birds will go unenforced. There is still time to take a balanced approach to deficit reduction. Before Congress adjourns for the year, please take urgent action to prevent the sequestration ax from falling on our wild animals and open spaces. https://secure.defenders.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2495

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Defenders of Wildlife 2 years ago

Tell Congress to stop sequestration. Sequestration will take effect January 2013. Unless Congress acts to stop sequestration before January, education spending will be cut by 8.2 percent, or about $4.1 billion, affecting every federal education program. Most federal education programs will suffer cuts to their 2013–14 school budgets, including Program - Cut By Title I - $1.2 billion IDEA - $1 billion Teacher Quality State Grants - $200 million Career and Technical Education - $144 million 21st Century Learning Centers - $96 million Teacher Incentive Fund - $25 million Physical Education - $6.5 million Promise Neighborhoods - $5 million Elementary and Secondary School Counseling - $4.3 million Arts in Education - $2.1 million Impact Aid will face an approximately $109 million cut in the middle of the 2012–13 school year. http://www.ascd.org/public-policy/sequestration.aspx#know

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Bill Summary

In August 2011, bipartisan majorities in both the House and Senate passed the Budget Control Act, which established "Sequestration" -- automatic, across-the-board cuts to federal spending to take effect on January 2, 2013 -- if Congress does not act on further deficit reduction. The Sequestration requires $109 billion annually in federal spending cuts, resulting in a 9.4% reduction in defense discretionary funding and an 8.2% reduction in nondefense discretionary funding.



By supporting, you will be telling Congress that Sequestration should occur.


By opposing, you will be telling Congress to act on further deficit reduction to prevent Sequestration.

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