NDD United Addresses Sequestration, Fiscal Austerity

Monarch Housing Joins 2,100 Organizations
Urging President and Congress to End Sequestration

Join The Fight Against SequestrationMonarch Housing Associates and NDD United have joined more than 2,100 organizations from across all sectors of the economy and society to urge Congress and President Obama to work together to end #sequestration.

The letter emphasizes:

  1. The importance of nondefense discretionary (NDD) programs,
  2. The harmful effects of budget cuts to date, and
  3. The equal importance of both defense and non-defense programs in America’s security at home and abroad, and thus the need for equal sequestration relief.

In 2013, The Bipartisan Budget Act negotiated by Representative Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray provided partial, temporary relief from sequestration. With the return of full sequestration in 2016, NDD United, an alliance of organizations working together to protect non-defense discretionary funding, has renewed its efforts to bring an end to sequestration.

Cuts to date have had significant impacts on the lives of Americans as demonstrated in NDD United’s 2013 report “Faces of Austerity: How Budget Cuts Make Us Sicker, Poorer, and Less Secure.”

“We’ve found that there are not only real consequences of budget cuts, such as job losses, longer wait lists, and curtailed services, but there are opportunity costs, as well. There are a litany of new and core health activities, including those proposed in the budget, we should be doing to keep Americans safe and secure that we simply can’t afford to do in this era of austerity.”

Said Emily Holubowich, Executive Director of the Coalition for Health Funding, Co-founder of NDD United.

“Simply put, these cuts are bad for the country and are not sustainable.”

Said Joel Packer, Executive Director of the Committee on Education Funding and NDD United Co-Chair.