The National Human Services Assembly Documents $39 Billion in Cuts to Human Development Programs If 'Sequestration' Is Imposed

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Cuts would increase unemployment and increase demand for ‘entitlements’

National Human Services Assembly

“We know that cuts will happen across the government, with or without sequestration, but the ‘human development budget’ affects the livelihoods and well-being of tens of millions of people."

Washington, D.C., October 5, 2012 – The National Human Services Assembly, which represents more than 80 major human services organizations, today announced that it has documented $39 billion in cuts in federal spending on important human development programs if sequestration is imposed on January 2, 2013. NHSA secured this information from an OMB report on the impact of sequestration, the Children’s Budget and other reliable sources. (Download a free copy of NHSA’s sequestration analysis.)

“The impact could be far greater than $39 billion,” stated Irv Katz, President and CEO of the National Human Services Assembly. “We included programs for which we could readily access credible estimates. There are many other human development programs potentially on the chopping block as well.

“We know that cuts will happen across the government, with or without sequestration,” added Katz, but the ‘human development budget’ affects the livelihoods and well-being of tens of millions of people. Cuts of this magnitude would undoubtedly increase unemployment appreciably and increase demand for ‘entitlements.’ As a sector, we need to remind the public and public officials of this fact: that human development programs—most of them, at least—help people to be in situations where they can care for themselves and their families, gain employment and become taxpayers and consumers. And social problems left unaddressed, whether child abuse or poor and frail elders living in isolation, result in much greater social and economic costs than the prevention and intervention programs provided for by government and the charitable sector.”

About the National Human Services Assembly
The National Human Services Assembly is an association of more than 80 national nonprofit human service organizations working collaboratively, though the National Assembly, to continuously improve research, policy and practice relative to human services.

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