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AAMC Supports Effort to Avert Further Discretionary Spending Cuts

July 13, 2012—The AAMC joined nearly 3,000 national, state, and local organizations in a July 12 letter urging Congress to avert sequestration by adopting a “balanced approach to deficit reduction that does not include further cuts to NDD (nondefense discretionary) programs.”

The letter states, “Every day these programs support economic growth and strengthen the safety and security of every American in every state and community across the nation. NDD programs represent a small and shrinking share of the federal budget and of our overall economy. The NDD budget represented just 3.4 percent of our country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2011, consistent with historical levels. Under the bipartisan Budget Control Act, by 2021 NDD funding will decline to just 2.5 percent of GDP, the lowest level in at least 50 years.”

The letter warns, “Such indiscriminate cuts threaten the entire range of bipartisan national priorities,” noting, for example, “there will be fewer scientific and technological innovations.”

The letter also notes, “NDD programs support our economy, drive our global competitiveness, and provide an environment where all Americans may lead healthy, productive lives. Only a balanced approach to deficit reduction can restore fiscal stability, and NDD has done its part.”

The letter, organized by the Coalition for Health Funding (of which the AAMC is a member) and the Committee on Education Funding, is signed by organizations representing the health, education, law enforcement, science, housing, workforce, transportation, and faith communities, among others.

Contact:

Dave Moore
Senior Director, Government Relations
Telephone: 202-828-0559
Email: dbmoore@aamc.org

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Jason Kleinman
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Email: jkleinman@aamc.org