APA Seeks Relief for Sequester and Federal Spending Cuts

Reductions harm key priorities for the field of psychology

APA CEO Norman Anderson, PhD, sent a letter (PDF, 19KB) on Nov. 19, 2013, to U.S. House and Senate budget conferees, outlining how recent cuts to nondefense discretionary spending hurt education, scientific research, low-income programs, and mental health services. The lower levels of funding outlined in the 2011 Budget Control Act and in the sequester target these vital programs. Anderson asked the conferees to take a balanced approach to deficit reduction that does not rely solely on spending cuts and that treats defense and nondefense programs equally. He also asked that efforts to replace the sequester protect low-income programs, to avoid increasing poverty and hardship, and that deficit reduction decisions strengthen the economic recovery and expand opportunity. APA and other advocates appear to have been successful — the budget compromise (H.J.Res. 59) is on the verge of congressional approval.

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