On January 2, 2013, if Congress is unable to pass legislation to reduce the deficit in accordance with the mandates in the Budget Control Act, automatic, across-the-board reductions to FY 2013 discretionary spending programs will occur. This sequestration process requires an overall cut in spending of $1.2 trillion between 2013 and 2021. The reductions would be divided equally between defense and nondefense spending.
At a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing on July 25, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) noted that the cuts to all nondefense discretionary programs could range from 7.8% to 17.6%, depending on the success of Republican efforts to exempt defense spending from the sequester. Estimated reductions for research agencies include:
Responding to these potential severe cuts to education research funding, AERA joined 3,000 organizations in signing a letter urging Congress to find a solution to reduce the deficit without further cutting nondefense discretionary spending. AERA will continue to work with its coalition partners to ensure that funding for social and behavioral science research is not drastically reduced.
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