In 2011, Congress passed the Budget Control Act which established caps on defense and nondefense discretionary programs such as public health, environmental protection, law enforcement, transportation etc., that will reduce this funding by $1 trillion over 10 years. The BCA also requires another $1 trillion in cuts to nearly all government programs because Congress failed to come up with a balanced deficit reduction plan. Known as "sequestration” this rigid budgetary tool will force automatic, across-the-board cuts to programs including public health. These cuts are already in place for FY 2013 and additional cuts will come in 2014 (and through 2021) unless Congress acts to stop them.
To find out more about sequestration and public health, please review the resources below.
Send a message to your representative and senators urging them to make public health funding a priority in this year's appropriations process.