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.


Press Releases



URGENT! Save our Health Care and Community Services

TODAY: Continue to contact your Members of Congress and tell them to oppose the American Health Care Act because the caps on Medicaid funding will be extremely damaging to people with disabilities and remove essential services! Use our sample tweets as talking points when communicating with your Representatives.





AUCD signed onto a Letter Urging a Replacement Plan Before ACA Repeal

AUCD signed onto a letter to Congressional leaders urging that any legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) be accompanied by a detailed replacement plan that provides equal or improved access to high-quality affordable health coverage.



FY17 Appropriations

CCD Letter

Letter from CCD Education Task Force to Appropriations Committee Chairman Cole and Blunt, and Appropriations Committee Ranking Minority DeLauro and Murray urging them to support the highest possible spending levels for programs that support America�s 6 million children and youth with disabilities and the educators who work on their behalf.



AUCD signed onto a Letter from the Friends of HRSA to House Leaders Urging Support for Discretionary Programs

AUCD signed onto a letter from the Friends of HRSA and the American Public Health Association urging lawmakers to support an original FY 2017 request of $7.48 billion for discretionary HRSA programs in the final FY 2017 spending agreement. The letter was sent to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House Appropriations Committee and the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies. The signatories to the letter requested that the committee members restore funding to HRSA programs that were made in earlier bills this year and urged lawmakers not to add any harmful policy riders.


Related Links


Growing Threat of a Constitutional Convention and Balanced Budget Amendment

28 state legislatures have passed resolutions in support of a Constitutional Convention to rewrite the U.S. Constitution to pass a balanced budget amendment. Such a move would restrict federal spending by $8 trillion in the first decade of its implementation and would require devastating cuts to Social Security, education, and healthcare, among other policy areas.


Senate Proposal for Balanced Budget Amendment Would Require Extreme Cuts

An analysis issued by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities finds that the constitutional balanced budget amendment that the Senate may consider this year would compel policymakers to make devastating cuts to vital programs, including those in education, law enforcement, and medical research.


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.