Sign On Letter: Help Stop Sequestration!

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You will recall that AASA has been very active in its efforts to urge Congress to avoid, repeal and replace sequester. We have advocated against it since before it was law and remain involved in ongoing efforts to spur Congress to repeal/replace the very failed policy they themselves wrote into law.

As such, we have once again signed on to the NDD (Non Defense Discretionary) Coalition letter, which is open to national, state and local associations and agencies (but NOT individual people). AASA has signed on to this letter, in conjunction with our friends at AESA, NREA, and NREAC. 

We encourage you (within your school district and state associations) to consider signing on to this letter, urging replacement/repeal of sequester and the damaging/very limiting budget caps put in place by the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA). The current budget framework under which the House and Senate are writing their appropriations bills abides by the sequestered BCA caps. The inadequacy of these levels has been proven time and time again through appropriations bills that fail to make the necessary nondefense discretionary (NDD) investments that protect all Americans and promote a strong economy.  If these cuts are to be avoided, Congress must work with the President to replace sequestration with a balanced approach to deficit reduction. Such sequestration relief should maintain the parity principle set in the “Ryan-Murray” Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) and reverse sequestration for both defense and nondefense.

  • If these cuts are to be avoided, Congress must work with the President to replace sequestration with a balanced approach to deficit reduction. Such sequestration relief should maintain the parity principle set in the “Ryan-Murray” Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) and reverse sequestration for both defense and nondefense. . Details below:
  • Link to letter: http://www.publichealthfunding.org/uploads/NDDSignOnFall2015_Final.pdf 
  • Link to sign-on form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1CKU-w_ZTXpCUH64grdIEO1utOuEYVfyXwX9_ZB6gNHQ/viewform?usp=send_form 

Below are the text of the letter and instructions to sign on. The letter is also available online at the link above. Due to the large number of signatures, they WILL NOT be accepting any edits. Organizations must sign on to the letter “as is.”

INSTRUCTIONS TO SIGN-ON (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)

  • This sign-on letter is for national, state, and local signatures ONLY. Individual citizens CANNOT participate and WILL NOT be listed.
  • When adding your organization’s name, please write it EXACTLY HOW YOU WOULD LIKE IT TO BE LISTED ON THE LETTER. Please double check your spelling before you submit your form. Note that if your organization’s name begins with the word “The,” it will be listed with the other organizations that begin with the letter “t.”
  • Please confirm that you are in fact authorized to sign on for your organization by checking the appropriate box on the form. Only organizations with authorized individuals completing the form will be listed on the letter.
  • We have added a section of the sign on form that asks you to identify the nondefense sector with which your organization most closely identifies. While your organization may identify with more than one, please choose the one that is MOST applicable. This question is meant for administrative use and will not appear on the letter sent to Congress.
  • Due to the large number of signatures, we WILL NOT accept edits. Organizations must sign on to the letter “as is.”
  • To sign on, complete the form in the link at the top of this email. The DEADLINE TO SIGN ON IS AUGUST 21! We aim to get this letter to the Hill in September. 


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