The letter marks the Senator’s first steps in crafting a budget resolution. Regarding the sequester and a broader deficit reduction deal, Senator Murray concludes,
“we need to fight to make sure any budget deal we make is balanced, fair for the middle class, and calls on the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share.”
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) estimates that postponing sequester implementation from January 2, 2013 to March 1, 2013 would result in 5.1% cuts to non-defense discretionary programs for the remainder of 2013. HUD programs are in the non-defense discretionary spending category.
The Non-Defense Discretionary (NDD) Funding Coalition is circulating a letter to Members of Congress, urging them to avert the sequester and take an “approach to deficit reduction that does not include further cuts to discretionary programs,” as “[a]dditional cuts in discretionary programs would put the health, education, safety, and security of all Americans at risk.”
In July, the NDD coalition sent a similar letter to Members, signed by 3,000 organizations including Monarch Housing. NLIHC urges all national, state, and local organizations to sign this letter to show support for the protection of HUD and USDA Rural Housing programs.
While Members of Congress negotiate sequestration, they will also have to address final spending amounts for FY13. The six-month continuing resolution (CR) currently funding federal agencies at FY12 funding levels expire on March 27, 2013. Appropriators are reportedly prepared to finalize FY13 spending bills once other fiscal issues are addressed.
Even as FY13 remains undecided, Members of Congress began conversations about FY14 funding. Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Patrick Toomey (R-PA) announced plans to reintroduce a bill that would permanently ban earmarks, similar to their bill in the 112th Congress, which received support of nearly half the Senate.