Budget and Appropriations


Welcome to the Appropriations policy page.  Scroll down to see related legislation, resources, letters and links.Visit AUCD's Action Center and click on "Current Legislation" to see the the latest bills related to budget and appropriations.

AUCD's legislative priorities for budget and appropriations include supporting a strong federal budget that protects entitlements to Medicaid, enhances revenues, and increases funding for programs supporting individuals with disabilities and their families in the community.





FY 2018 Letter to Appropriators

CDC Coalition
pdf File FY2018 CDCCoaltion.pdf [download]


CDC Coalition Letter to Senate Appropriation Committee

C/o American Public Health Association

The undersigned 182 members of the CDC Coalition and other supporting state and national organizations urge you to provide at least $7.8 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention�s programs in the FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. We are deeply disappointed that President Trump�s initial budget proposal recommends an astounding $15.1 billion or nearly 18 percent cut to the Department of Health and Human Service�s budget for FY 2018. While the president�s budget blueprint does not provide specific funding levels for CDC, given the size of the proposed cut to HHS, it is clear that funding for every HHS agency and program would be at risk under his proposal. We believe that Congress should prioritize funding for all of the activities and programs supported by CDC. CDC programs are essential to protect the health of the American people. Furthermore, we are deeply concerned about efforts to repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund, authorized by the Affordable Care Act, and the impact the loss of this funding would have on CDC�s annual budget. The Prevention and Public Health Fund currently accounts for 12 percent of CDC�s budget and Congress must ensure that CDC�s budget remains whole in the face of efforts to repeal the ACA.

pdf File CDC Coaltion LEtter to Senate Appropriation Committee.pdf [download]


AUCD signed onto a Letter Urging FY 2018 Zika Appropriations

AUCD signed onto a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Labor-HHS Subcommittee requesting an increase in funding of public health and biomedical research programs in order to support an effective federal response to the Zika virus during FY 2018.


Related Links


Growing Threat of a Constitutional Convention and Balanced Budget Amendment

28 state legislatures have passed resolutions in support of a Constitutional Convention to rewrite the U.S. Constitution to pass a balanced budget amendment. Such a move would restrict federal spending by $8 trillion in the first decade of its implementation and would require devastating cuts to Social Security, education, and healthcare, among other policy areas.


Senate Proposal for Balanced Budget Amendment Would Require Extreme Cuts

An analysis issued by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities finds that the constitutional balanced budget amendment that the Senate may consider this year would compel policymakers to make devastating cuts to vital programs, including those in education, law enforcement, and medical research.


Dear Colleague Letter was sent to Chairman and Ranking Members

of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies

Senators Chris Murphy, Richard Blumenthal and Sherrod Brown signed on to a Dear Colleague letter to Chairman Roy Blunt and Ranking Member Patty Murray of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies in support of the funding level requests of the Protections and Advocacy Systems, DD Councils and University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)

pdf File FY16 Disabilities Council Sign On Letter.pdf [download]

Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ 4th District) sent a letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Appropriations

Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education, and Related Agenceis

Representative Chris Smith, Cochairman of the Coalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE) wrote a letter requesting a $2million increase for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program.

pdf File FY16 LEND.UCEDD Approps.pdf [download]

National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform

President Obama's bipartisan Commission is charged with identifying policies to improve the fiscal situation in the medium term and to achieve fiscal sustainability over the long run.


Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Fiscal Policy Task Force website


Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

The Center conducts research and analysis to help shape public debates over proposed budget and tax policies and to help ensure that policymakers consider the needs of low-income families and individuals in these debates.


Current Legislation

Visit AUCD's Action Center and click on "Current Legislation" to see the latest legislation on budget and appropriations.


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