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Support Murray Amendment to Call for Report on Impact of Sequestration: Vote YES on Amendment 2455

Advocacy Letter - 06/20/12

Source: The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Recipient: U.S. Senate

Dear Senator:

On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of over 210 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States, we urge you to support Senator Patty Murray’s (D-WA) Amendment that would direct the Office of Management and Budget to submit a detailed report to Congress on the impact of defense and nondefense budget sequestration for fiscal year 2013. As Congress continues to work toward a balanced and bipartisan replacement to the automatic cuts both Democrats and Republicans agreed to last year, the Murray Amendment (Amdt. 2455) will enhance public understanding of the impact of sequestration on all areas of the budget.

There is bipartisan agreement that sequestration would be devastating to the nation, yet there has been no official analysis of its impact.  In the absence of critical information and guidance on how the sequester will affect federal funds, those institutions, states, and local communities that rely on federal funding are unable to plan and must brace for the worst possible scenario.  Amdt. 2455 would begin to fill this information gap.  Specifically, Amdt. 2455 would help answer questions regarding how and when sequestration would be implemented, as well as clarify the impact and timing of sequestration on programs that rely on federal funds.

Importantly, the Murray Amendment requires an examination of all of the automatic cuts, not just those to defense programs.  By contrast, Senator John McCain’s (R- AZ) Amendment (Amdt. 2162) would provide a limited review the impact of sequestration by examining cuts to defense programs alone. Because of the broad swath of our federal budget that will be affected—including public safety and law enforcement, environmental protection, education and job training, public health, housing and social services, and other programs on which the most vulnerable Americans in this tough economy depend—the bipartisan automatic cuts should be addressed as a whole and their impact should be examined in full across all areas of the budget they touch.

We urge you to support the Murray Amendment (Amdt. 2455) when it comes to the floor. Please contact Lexer Quamie, Counsel at (202) 466-3648, or Nancy Zirkin at (202) 263-2880, if you have any questions.


Wade Henderson
President & CEO

Nancy Zirkin
Executive Vice President

Our Members