The Time To Act Against Sequestration Is Now!

What is sequestration?
A form of automatic cuts that apply largely across-the-board.

What is the background on sequestration?
Sequestration became law under The Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011 (S.365), which placed caps on discretionary programs, cutting their funding by more than $1 trillion from 2012 through 2021. It also established a Joint Select Committee that proposed legislation to reduce deficits by another $1.2 trillion over 10 years, and that established a backup sequestration procedure, giving the Joint Committee a bigger incentive to reach a compromise. Because the Joint Committee failed to achieve its goal, sequestration  is now scheduled to occur starting in January 2013 and continue through 2021.

What would sequestration do?
With sequestration, across-the-board cuts of 8.4 percent will affect programs that support:
•    Education;
•    Job training;
•    Public health, medical and scientific research;
•    Public safety and law enforcement;
•    Housing and social services;
•    Infrastructure and more.

What can I do to stop sequestration?
The time is NOW to make your voice heard by contacting your legislatures. Here are several talking points:

  • In the first year of the 10-year cutting plan, education dollars to schools and discretionary human services would automatically be cut by 8 percent.
  • Public schools are already severely underfunded and struggling to provide all children with the quality education they deserve with limited resources. If states already struggle to provide even the most basic learning conditions, what will our schools look like when over $4.1 billion is cut from the Department of Education under sequestration?
  • Families that need the greatest support would suffer the most under sequestration. Up to 100,000 children would lose Head Start services, an estimated 80,000 fewer children would have child care assistance, and special education preschool grants would lose nearly $30 million.
  • Cuts from sequestration would eliminate nearly one billion dollars in funding for programs for women, infants, children, and families. Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) represents less than 0.2 percent of the federal budget, yet provides invaluable nutrition, nutrition education, improved health care and access to critical social services for nearly nine million mothers and young children per month. These cuts would result in more than 750,000 mothers and infants being removed from this program alone. And cuts to critical services for the uninsured and underinsured would also result in an increase of undetected breast and cervical cancer.
  • 14,200 fewer homeless people would lose assistance.
  • Funding for the National Institute for Health (NIH) grants would also be slashed, by approximately 2.6 billion, eliminating research that helps to drive down premature births and to save lives.
  • Data shows that every $1 invested in research at NIH institutions generates $2.60 in economic activity. In 2011 alone, 432,000 jobs were created from NIH investments, contributing a total of $62.1 billion in new economic activity.