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.
Children and Families First: The Harsh Impact of the Sequester and Other Budget Cuts Since 2010 by U.S. Reps. Rosa DeLauro and George Miller
"Children and families are the first to experience the harsh impact of the sequester and other budget cuts enacted since 2010. Continued funding at this or lower levels ensures deep cuts to vital government services that help keep some of America's children and families out of poverty or provide critical services to those in poverty."
On July 11, 2013, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed, 16-14, its Fiscal Year 2014 Labor HHS, Education Appropriations bill. The Labor HHS bill would provide $164.3 billion in discretionary spending for the departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Education, $7.8 billion more than the pre-sequester FY2013 level and $42.5 billion more than what the House Appropriations panel has allocated for its Labor HHS bill. The table below shows the Senate Committee's recommendations compared to the President's budget, FY 2013 final appropriations after sequestration cuts, and FY 2012 for programs within or followed closely by the AUCD network.
The House and Senate Budget Committee Chairs, Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Patty Murray (D-WA), have introduced their respective budget resolutions. AUCD urges Congress to work together to undertake balanced deficit reduction that improves our fiscal health while protecting the important programs that serve people with disabilities.
Dear Colleague by Rep. Langevin that was signed by an additional 34 House members in support of FY 14 Lifespan Respite funding
Rep. Langevin's Dear Colleague letter in support of strong funding levels for UCEDD and LEND programs in FY 2014
Representative Langevin's letter to his colleagues on the appropriations committee supports at least level funding for the UCEDD and LEND programs. 13 other members joined in signing the letter.
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.
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.