Fiscal Year 2014 Funding Update
On Oct. 17 President Obama signed the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014 (H.R. 2775) into law which provides fiscal year 2014 funding at the fiscal year 2013 post-sequestration levels through Jan. 15, 2014. For the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) this equates to $144 million in funding from Oct. 17-Jan.15.
This law also suspends the debt limit through Feb. 7, 2014 and established a formal budget conference to negotiate a framework for long term budget issues and also establish discretionary funding levels for the remainder of fiscal year 2014. The budget conference will produce a report by Dec. 13, 2013.
What does this mean?
Since the budget committee will be developing recommendations on discretionary funding levels for the remainder of fiscal year 2014, the timeframe between now and Dec. 13 represents a critical window of opportunity for advocates to urge members of Congress to replace sequestration with a balanced approach towards deficit reduction. According to media reports the Senate leadership indicates a short term; potentially one year patch to undo sequestration may be included in the budget conference report.
Additionally, Congress will need to approve legislation prior to Jan. 15, 2014 to assure continued funding of the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2014 and vote to raise the debt ceiling before Feb. 7, 2014.
How can I help?
AADR will be issuing an action alert in the upcoming weeks to educate members of Congress about the harmful effects of the partial government shutdown and urge them to replace sequestration with a balanced approach.