Budget and Appropriations

 

Welcome to the Appropriations policy page.  Scroll down to see related legislation, resources, letters and links.Visit AUCD's Action Center and click on "Current Legislation" to see the the latest bills related to budget and appropriations.

AUCD's legislative priorities for budget and appropriations include supporting a strong federal budget that protects entitlements to Medicaid, enhances revenues, and increases funding for programs supporting individuals with disabilities and their families in the community.

 
 

Letters

 

3/28/2016

FY 2017 Lifespan Respite Care Act Letter to House Appropriations Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee

31 representatives signed onto a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee requesting the inclusion of $5 million for Lifespan Respite Care Act programs in the FY 2017 Labor-HHS-Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

 
 

3/24/2016

FY 2017 DD Act Letter to House Appropriations Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee

Fourteen representatives signed onto a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee that expressed support for an increase in funding for DD Councils, UCEDDs and the Protection & Advocacy (P & A) system.

 
 

3/22/2016

AUCD signed onto a Letter urging Members of Congress to Oppose Any Balanced Budget Amendment

AUCD signed onto a letter urging members of Congress to oppose any balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution. Such an amendment would require massive cuts be made to ensure that the budget remained balanced, and would permanently slash funding for a massive array of initiatives that affect all Americans, including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, SSDI, veterans' benefits, scientific research, and public education. The letter, which was originally drafted in 2011, has been signed by 281 organizations amid increased support for a balanced budget amendment among Senate Republicans and in state legislatures.

 
 
 

Related Links

 

Dear Colleague Letter was sent to Chairman and Ranking Members

of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies

Senators Chris Murphy, Richard Blumenthal and Sherrod Brown signed on to a Dear Colleague letter to Chairman Roy Blunt and Ranking Member Patty Murray of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies in support of the funding level requests of the Protections and Advocacy Systems, DD Councils and University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)

pdf File FY16 Disabilities Council Sign On Letter.pdf [download]
 
 

Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ 4th District) sent a letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Appropriations

Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education, and Related Agenceis

Representative Chris Smith, Cochairman of the Coalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE) wrote a letter requesting a $2million increase for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program.

pdf File FY16 LEND.UCEDD Approps.pdf [download]
 
 

National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform

President Obama's bipartisan Commission is charged with identifying policies to improve the fiscal situation in the medium term and to achieve fiscal sustainability over the long run.

 
 

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Fiscal Policy Task Force website

 
 

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

The Center conducts research and analysis to help shape public debates over proposed budget and tax policies and to help ensure that policymakers consider the needs of low-income families and individuals in these debates.

 
 
 

Current Legislation

Visit AUCD's Action Center and click on "Current Legislation" to see the latest legislation on budget and appropriations.

 
 

Latest In Brief

5/2/2016

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayHouse and Senate out for a week-long recess; negotiated rule-making committee has completed its work on how to implement some sections of the ESSA; $5 million to support public health efforts aimed at countering the spread of the Zika virus in Puerto Rico; New Medicaid Guidance: Transitioning from Incarceration to Communities; Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month; and more


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