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NDDLetter.final.july2012

NDDLetter.final.july2012

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July12,2012DearMemberofCongress:Thereisbipartisanagreementthatsequestrationwouldbedevastatingtothenation.Thenearly3,000undersigned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.NDDprogramsarecorefunctionsgovernmentprovidesforthebenefitofall,includingmedicalandscientificresearch;educationandjobtraining;infrastructure;publicsafetyandlawenforcement;publichealth;weathermonitoringandenvironmentalprotection;naturalandculturalresources;
 
housingandsocialservices;andinternationalrelations.EverydaytheseprogramssupporteconomicgrowthandstrengthenthesafetyandsecurityofeveryAmericanineverystateandcommunityacrossthenation.NDDprogramsrepresentasmallandshrinkingshareofthefederalbudgetandofouroveralleconomy.TheNDDbudgetrepresentedjust3.4percentofourcountry’sGrossDomesticProduct(GDP)in2011,consistentwithhistoricallevels.Underthebi-partisanBudgetControlAct,by2021NDDfundingwilldeclinetojust2.5percentofGDP,thelowestlevelinatleast50years.NDDprogramsarenotthereasonbehindourgrowingdebt.Infact,evencompletelyeliminatingallNDDprogramswouldstillnotbalancethebudget.YetNDDprogramshavebornethebruntofdeficitreductionefforts.
 
Sincefiscal2010,NDDprogramshavebeencutby10percentonaverage,withmanyprogramscutbyasmuchas50percent.
 
By2021,theremainingdiscretionarycaps(2013-2021)inthebipartisanBudgetControlActwillreduceNDDprogramsbyanadditional7percent,relativeto2012levels.
 
Ifsequestrationisallowedtotakeeffect,nonexemptNDDprogramswillbereducedbyanother8.4percentinFY2013.Intotal,ifCongressandthePresidentfailtoact,betweenfiscal2010and2021NDDprogramswillhavebeencutby20percentoverall.Suchindiscriminatecutsthreatentheentirerangeofbipartisannationalpriorities.Forexample,therewillbefewerscientificandtechnologicalinnovations,fewerteachersinclassrooms,fewerjobopportunities,fewerNationalParkvisitorhours,fewerairtrafficcontrollers,fewerfoodanddruginspectors,andfewerfirstresponders.America’sday-to-daysecurityrequiresmorethanmilitarymight.NDDprogramssupportoureconomy,driveourglobalcompetitiveness,andprovideanenvironmentwhereallAmericansmayleadhealthy,productivelives.Onlyabalancedapproachtodeficitreductioncanrestorefiscalstability,andNDDhasdoneitspart.
PleaseworktogethertofindabalancedapproachtodeficitreductionthatdoesnotincludefurthercutstoNDDprograms.
Ifyouhavequestionsaboutthisletter,pleasecontactEmilyHolubowich,ExecutiveDirectoroftheCoalitionforHealthFunding(202-484-1100oreholubowich@dc-crd.com)orJoelPacker,ExecutiveDirectoroftheCommitteeforEducationFunding(202-383-0083orJPacker@cef.org).Anelectroniccopyofthisletterisalsoavailableathttp://publichealthfunding.org/index.php/action/campaigns/ndd_united/
 
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NationalOrganizations(listedalphabetically)
8thDayCenterforJustice9to5,NationalAssociationofWorkingWomenAWorldFitForKids!AARPAcademicPediatricAssociationAcademyofMedicalSurgicalNursesAcademyofNutritionandDieteticsAcademyofRadiologyResearchAcademyHealthACCESSAdHocGroupforMedicalResearchAdultCongenitalHeartAssociationAdvocatesforYouthAfricanAmericanHealthAllianceAfricanAmericanMinistersinActionAFSEAfterschoolAllianceAIDSCommunityResearchInitiativeofAmericaAIDSHealthcareFoundationAIDSTreatmentNewsAIDSUnitedAllianceforaJustSocietyAllianceforAgingResearchAllianceforBiking&WalkingAllianceforChildrenandFamiliesAllianceforRetiredAmericansAlpha-1AssociationAlpha-1FoundationAlzheimer'sAssociationAlzheimer'sFoundationofAmericaAmericanAcademyofChildandAdolescentPsychiatryAmericanAcademyofFamilyPhysiciansAmericanAcademyofNeurologyAmericanAcademyofNursingAmericanAcademyofPediatricsAmericanAllianceforHealth,PhysicalEducation,RecreationandDanceAmericanArtTherapyAssociationAmericanAssociationforAdultandContinuingEducationAmericanAssociationforCancerResearchAmericanAssociationforDentalResearchAmericanAssociationforHealthEducationAmericanAssociationforMarriage&FamilyTherapyAmericanAssociationforPsychoanalysisinClinicalSocialWorkAmericanAssociationfortheAdvancementofScienceAmericanAssociationfortheStudyofLiverDiseasesAmericanAssociationofClassifiedSchoolEmployeesAmericanAssociationofCollegesforTeacherEducation
 
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AmericanAssociationofCollegesofNursingAmericanAssociationofCollegesofOsteopathicMedicineAmericanAssociationofCollegesofPharmacyAmericanAssociationofCommunityColleges(AACC)AmericanAssociationofCommunityTheatreAmericanAssociationofCritical-CareNurses(AACN)AmericanAssociationofPhysicsTeachersAmericanAssociationofPoisonControlCentersAmericanAssociationofPortAuthoritiesAmericanAssociationofRadonScientistsandTechnologistsAmericanAssociationofSchoolAdminsitratorsAmericanAssociationofSchoolLibrariansAmericanAssociationofServiceCoordinatorsAmericanAssociationofStateCollegesandUniversitiesAmericanAssociationofUniversityProfessorsAmericanAssociationofUniversityWomen(AAUW)AmericanAssociationonHealthandDisabilityAmericanAssociatonforGeriatricPsychiatryAmericanAstronomicalSocietyAmericanBrainCoalitionAmericanCancerSocietyCancerActionNetworkAmericanChemicalSocietyAmericanCollegeofClinicalPharmacy(ACCP)AmericanCollegeofPreventiveMedicineAmericanCouncilonEducationAmericanCouncilontheTeachingofForeignLanguages(ACTFL)AmericanCounselingAssociationAmericanDentalEducationAssociationAmericanDiabetesAssociationAmericanEducationalResearchAssociationAmericanEpilepsySocietyAmericanFederationforMedicalResearchAmericanFederationofSchoolAdministrators,AFL-CIOAmericanFederationofTeachers,AFL-CIOAmericanForestsAmericanGeophysicalUnionAmericanHeartAssociationAmericanInstituteofBiologicalSciencesAmericanLibraryAssociationAmericanLungAssociationAmericanMathematicalSocietyAmericanMedicalRehabilitationProvidersAssociationAmericanMedicalStudentAssociationAmericanMusicTherapyAssociationAmericanNephrologyNurses'AssociationAmericanNursesAssociationAmericanOccupationalTherapyAssociationAmericanOrganizationofNurseExecutivesAmericanPhysicalTherapyAssociationAmericanPlanningAssociation

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