Network faithful - Please read the following from NDD United—an alliance of more than 3,200 national, state, and local organizations working to protect investments in core government functions, of which the Children's Mental Health Network is a part. We solidly endorse the approach being taken by NDD United in supporting the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013.
- NDD United—an alliance of more than 3,200 national, state, and local organizations working to protect investments in core government functions—supports the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (BBA) and urges you to do the same. This compromise, negotiated by Senate Budget Chairman Patty Murray and House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, represents a step in the right direction. It is designed to restore order to the federal budget and appropriations process, and allow for some much needed reinvestment in our nation’s eroding defense and domestic priorities.
Most notably, the Bipartisan Budget Act provides relief from sequestration, restoring almost two-thirds of the scheduled nondefense discretionary (NDD) cuts in 2014, but providing significantly less relief in 2015. In addition, the bill provides much needed certainty for FY 2014 and 2015 and paves the way for passage of appropriations bills through regular order; a welcome improvement over the more recent precedent of falling back on continuing resolutions and lurching from fiscal crisis to crisis.
If the deal fails, a full year continuing resolution with full sequestration will be the result. That means a continuation of all of the harmful sequestration cuts that—as illustrated in our impact report, Faces of Austerity—are dragging down our economic recovery, denying children educational opportunities, leaving low-income seniors without food, hindering scientific discovery, delaying justice, compromising public safety and public health, eroding our infrastructure, and threatening our ability to address emergencies around the world.
The deal is far from perfect, to be sure. The additional resources provided by the Bipartisan Budget Act will help restore some harmful sequestration cuts, but NDD funding remains too low—particularly in FY 2015 when most of the sequestration cuts remain in effect under the agreement. Both the FY 2014 and FY 2015 funding levels are well below the FY 2010 funding level for NDD, even without adjusting for inflation. Nonetheless, NDD United calls on Congress to pass the Bipartisan Budget Act without delay. Once stability has been restored, we encourage Congress and the administration to build on the bipartisan momentum created by Chairman Murray and Chairman Ryan and continue working to address our long-term fiscal challenges and find a permanent replacement to sequestration.
Here are some of the BBA relevant documents in one convenient location: