The LRI was among more than 210 of the country's leading research institutes, advocacy groups, academic institutions and hospital centers that signed this letter expressing the research community's concerns with several provisions related to NIH in the FY 2013 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill passed by the House Labor-HHS Subcommittee.
The federal government supports many programs that benefit all Americans, including medical and scientific research; public health; education and job training; public safety and law enforcement; weather monitoring; housing and social services; and international relations. In Washington, these programs are collectively referred to as "nondefense discretionary" or simply "NDD" programs. On January 2, 2013 these programs will face devastating, across-the-board cuts.
NDD programs represent a relatively small and shrinking share of the federal budget and our overall economy—already reduced to levels not seen since President Eisenhower held office. They are not the drivers of the debt. In fact, even completely eliminating all NDD programs would still not balance the budget. Yet to date NDD programs have borne the brunt of deficit reduction efforts. If sequestration is allowed to take effect, core services upon which Americans have come to rely will be greatly curtailed or even eliminated.