Non-Defense Discretionary Day of Action
No More Cuts!
On January 2, 2013, if Congress does not create a balanced bipartisan budget plan for the upcoming year sequestration will be put in action. The Budget Control Act of 2011 created sequestration in order to encourage Congress to come to an agreement on a balanced fiscal plan that reduces the deficit. If the act is put into action, it will establish caps on funding for non-defense discretionary programs (NDD) programs. This funding supports scientific research, education and job training, infrastructure, public safety, law enforcement, natural and cultural resources, housing, and social services.
Sequestration will enact an automatic 8.4% cut to NDD spending across the board. These cuts will be disastrous for scientific research and funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which would force labs to close, scientists to lose their jobs, and medical advances to be stiffled. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will not be able to provide life saving immunizations to thousands of children and adults and many in the fields of health care and public health will find theselves unemployed. These are only a few of the many disastrous effects that would ensue if the sequestration occurs.
It is the social responsibility of our government to provide funding to the non-defense discretionary programs. While our government made a agreement to reduce the federal deficit, they must also live up to their commitments to our families and communities. Investment in these programs is essential to our nation's progress. There are many ways to reduce the debt and avoid the “fiscal cliff” without cutting funds for discretionary programs.
Make your voice heard: Support a balanced approach! No more cuts to NDD spending!