FY14 Budget Conference Update: This Week Is Critical Urge Budget Conferees to Pass a Budget Agreement This Week
This is a critical week for the conference committee responsible for negotiating the differences between the House and Senate FY14 budgets, and for providing a final FY14 spending level. Appropriators have asked the conferees to establish the spending level prior to the Thanksgiving recess so that appropriations bills can be produced before the Continuing Resolution expires on January 15.
To the extent you are allowed, please urge the budget conferees to take action this month and prevent cuts to Non-Defense Discretionary funding, including HHS and CDC funds that support chronic disease prevention and health promotion programs and services. You can tell them how cuts already sustained have hurt their constituents in your state.
Ask your Members of Congress to:
Replace sequestration for at least two years. Provide equal sequestration relief for defense and non-defense discretionary spending.
Don't ask NDD to take more cuts and let defense off. We need parity and in 2013, the cuts went mostly to NDD.
Plus, identify revenues to provide relief, like closing tax loopholes.
Click here to see if your Members serve on the Conference Committee. If they do, tell them they play an essential role in protecting programs serving our most vulnerable population.
If your Members do not serve on the committee, please ask them to weigh in with the conferees on these critical requests.