Arlington, VA — (March 6, 2017) The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and 13 NACAC affiliates signed a letter last week urging Congress to provide adequate funding for a subset of vital government functions, broadly referred to as nondefense discretionary or NDD programs.
The programs include education and job training, veterans affairs, medical and scientific research, infrastructure, public safety and law enforcement, public health, environmental protection, housing and social services, and international relations.
“(NDD) programs serve many vital national needs but have been subject to repeated cuts over the past six years, including through the appropriations caps and sequestration process established by the 2011 Budget Control Act,” notes the letter, which was signed by 2,000 national, state, and local organizations. “Full sequestration returns in fiscal year 2018, when the two-year relief provided by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 expires. Congress should avoid making further reductions in these programs and work to replace the scheduled sequestration cuts through a package that is balanced—both in how such relief is paid for and how it is applied to defense and NDD programs.”
Read the full letter.
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of nearly 16,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP).
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