Urge Congress to Lift Sequestration Caps
As Congress begins to negotiate the federal budget for fiscal year 2018 (FY18), the austerity level “sequestration” budget caps established under the 2011 Budget Control Act are once again in force after a partial, two year reprieve. Unless Congress negotiates another agreement to lift these draconian caps, the FY18 budget for non-defense agencies and programs will be constrained to a level even lower than in FY17. Under that kind of stifling spending limit, Congress simply cannot fulfill its responsibility for advancing the health and wellbeing of the American people, including continuing to rebuild the long-neglected budget of the NIH, equipping the CDC to combat deadly infectious health threats and ensuring our other health and research agencies meet their respective missions.
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