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AAGP protests possible sequestration cuts

from AAGP

The sequestration that would enact automatic spending cuts remains in place, and is scheduled to take effect on March 1. Senate Democrats have proposed a bill that would delay it until Jan. 2, 2014, and replace this year's cuts by ending federal payments to farmers, making deeper cuts to defense spending after 2015, and raising taxes. The proposal would spread cuts out over time, starting at $3 billion per year in 2015 and rising to $5 billion per year by 2021. As a member of the several advocacy coalitions, AAGP has been vocal about the impact of the sequestration reductions on mental health and aging programs. For example, as a member of the LEAD Coalition, AAGP opposed funding reductions to the Alzheimer's biomedical research programs including to the $50 million research funding added in fiscal year 2012. In addition to reduced research funding, AAGP is opposing sequestration cuts that would decimate workforce training funding (including Title VII and Title VIII programs) as well as patient and caregiver support programs such as those provided for in the Older Americans' Act, which provides flexible funding to state and local agencies to deliver a wide range of supportive services to seniors. more

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