Budget and Appropriations

 

What is the Budget?

The U.S. federal budget is the amount of spending and revenue planned for the next fiscal year of the U.S. government. Each fiscal runs from October 1 through September 30.

What's in President's 2020 Budget

read AUCD's First Look >

What is in the House Labor-HHS-Ed 2020 Appropriations?

read AUCD's Fist Look >

 

What are Appropriations?

A federal appropriation is the act of setting aside a part of the federal budget to a specific program or use.

 

Why should I contact my members of Congress about Appropriations?

Engagement around appropriations lets your Congressmembers know how you would like them to prioritize the federal budget.

 

What is the timeline for advocacy around Budget and Appropriations?

  • President submits budget – usually early February
  • Congress enacts concurrent Budget Resolution – by April 15
  • House and Senate agree on 13 annual appropriations bills – Sept.
  • Fiscal year begins Oct. 1

The standard timeline is often adjusted due to political realities.

 

What AUCD programs are affected by the yearly Appropriations?

  • University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) – the national network of UCEDDs is authorized under Public Law 106-402 (The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, or "DD Act") and their core funding is administered by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD).
  • Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LENDs) – LENDs are authorized under the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support (CARES) Act, and are administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers (IDDRCs) – IDDRCs have P30 core grant funding from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).
  • Projects of National Significance (PNS) – PNS are authorized under Section 162 of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (P.L. 106-402, Title I, Subtitle E), and are administered through the Administration for Community Living (ACL).

 

Resource Sheets to support your education and Advocacy

UCEDD Issue Brief

Background and Support Language about FY 20 Projects of National Significance (PNS) can be found in AUCD’s Issue Brief

LEND  
 
 

LEND

FY17 FY18
AUCD ASK Enacted AUCD ASK Enacted
$30,042,255 $31,317,485 $31,317,485 $32,000,000

 

FY19 FY20
AUCD ASK President's Budget Enacted AUCD ASK
$35,245,159 $0 $33,500,000 $35,245,159
 
 

UCEDD

FY17 FY18 FY19 FY20
AUCD ASK Enacted AUCD ASK Enacted AUCD ASK President's Budget Enacted AUCD ASK
$40.0 $39.0 $40.0 $40.6 $43.5 $33.0 $40.6 $43.5
 
 

PNS

FY17 FY18 FY19 FY20
AUCD ASK Enacted AUCD ASK Enacted AUCD ASK President's Budget Enacted AUCD ASK
$14 $11 $14 $12 $14 $1 $12 $14
 
 

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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