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Budget Sequester Looms

February 28 , 2013
by: Office of Public Affairs
Published in ASRM Bulletin Volume 15, Number 8

Unless Congress and the White House reach a budget deal before billions in spending cuts kick in later this week, federal agencies will be need to make tough decisions about how to comply with the cuts. The nearly $85 billion in across-the-board cuts this year to defense and other federal spending, known as the sequester, will begin Friday, March 1. Both parties agreed to the plan in 2011 after failing to reach a deal on less severe spending cuts.

The 2013 sequestration includes:

  • $42.7 billion in defense cuts (a 7.9 % cut).
  • $28.7 billion in domestic discretionary cuts (a 5.3 % cut).
  • $9.9 billion in Medicare cuts (a 2 % cut).
  • $4 billion in other mandatory cuts (a 5.8 % cut to nondefense programs, and a 7.8 % cut to mandatory defense programs).
ASRM members would be impacted primarily by cuts to the following agencies: 

  • $1.6 billion in cuts to the National Institutes of Health.
  • $323 million in cut to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • $206 million in cuts to the Food and Drug Administration.
  • $388 million in cuts to the National Science Foundation.
ASRM has been an active part of a broad coalition of health and health research organizations who have worked to educate Congress about the negative consequences these cuts pose to the health of all Americans.  

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