Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Ready for 2012 Legislative Advocacy?

On January 24th, President Obama will give his State of the Union address and file his fiscal 2013 budget in early February. After last year's budget proposal to eliminate CSBG, we should be poised to advocate on behalf of Community Action, if the Administration proposes a cut to the program.

Hovering over this year's federal budget is the "sequestration" specter of drastic cuts to both defense and non-defense discretionary programs with the
failure of the Congressional Super Committee to reach a deficit reduction agreement. Established in last summer's Budget Control Act, across the board cuts of $1.2 trillion over a decade ($600 billion to each) would take effect in January 2013. This sequestration would be in addition to the $1 trillion over ten years in spending cuts in the form of budget limits on annual spending over the next ten years that was already passed by Congress under the debt ceiling deal.