More than 3,500 Organizations Demand End to Sequestration Cuts

        More than 3,500 Organizations Demand End to Sequestration Cuts

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2013

Unprecedented joining of groups across all sectors sends a clear message to
Congress and the White House that with 2.14 million jobs on the line, it is
long past time to avert devastating sequestration budget cuts.

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --More than 3,500
organizations from all sectors of the economy and society joined forces today
to urge Congress and President Obama to put an immediate end to sequestration
budget cuts which threaten to send the economy reeling back into recession and
destroy more than two million American jobs. Letters from NDD United, the
Aerospace Industries Association and the Task Force on American Innovation
urging immediate action were sent to President Obama and congressional
leadership, with copies going to every member of Congress.

"Discretionary spending programs are not the reason for our growing debt, and
yet they are always the first place lawmakers look for cuts," said Emily
Holubowich, Executive Director of the Coalition for Health Funding and
spokesperson for NDD United. "Our goal is to speak with one voice to educate
policymakers and the public about the importance of these programs. When you
do the math, sacrificing these programs not only wouldn't balance the budget,
it would cripple our ability to grow in the future."

The unprecedented array of groups involved represents a wide variety of
Americans, from manufacturers to health professionals, academic researchers to
social workers. Their goal in uniting today is to draw greater attention to
the devastating impact of sequestration cuts to all Americans, regardless of
industry or sector.

"The danger that sequestration poses to the economy and our national security
cannot be overstated," said Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO
Marion C. Blakey. "More than two million jobs are at stake from all sectors.
Sequestration affects all Americans and we must pull together to set it

According to a study performed by Dr. Stephen Fuller of George Mason
University, sequestration budget cuts would cost 2.14 million jobs, 1.05
million from spending reductions at domestic discretionary agencies and 1.09
million from DOD spending reductions. These losses would fall across all job
descriptions from manufacturing to retail, from professional business services
to federal workers and from researchers to nurses. Small businesses would be
hit particularly hard, losing more than 956,000 jobs.

"Our nation needs a balanced, strategic approach to its fiscal challenges. The
indiscriminate budget cutting required by sequestration is not the answer,"
said Wes Bush, Northrop Grumman chairman, chief executive officer and
president. "We urge Congress and the Administration to work to together on a
solution to avoid sequestration's devastating impacts on the nation's
security, economy, all aspects of the federal government, as well as research
and education that drives innovation in our country."

"Sequestration is a reckless and blunt tool that would force deep spending
reductions across critical investments in research and education," APLU
President Peter McPherson said. "If we're not going to develop the next
technology at our universities then other nations will. These short-sighted
cuts would result in the loss of 200,000 research-related jobs over the next
four years alone and cause the U.S. to fall far behind other nations in
developing the future technology that can power economies for decades. Why
would we cede such extraordinary opportunities to China and India when we have
the opportunity to continue leading the world in innovation?"

Scientific research drives innovation, productivity, job creation and growth.
Technological advances such as the laser, the Internet and the Web, GPS, and
the large-scale integrated circuit all had their origins in federally-funded,
long-term research.

"Funding science and research is a necessary investment for a country that
seeks to expand its economy and maintain its global leadership," said
Association of American Universities President Hunter Rawlings. "Pulling back
on those investments, especially when other nations are ramping up theirs, is
short-sighted and will leave our nation less able to sustain the economic
growth it needs to create jobs and eliminate budget deficits in future years."

To see copies of the letters and additional information, please visit

The Association of American Universities is a nonprofit association of 60 U.S.
and two Canadian preeminent public and private research universities. Founded
in 1900, AAU focuses on national and institutional issues that are important
to research-intensive universities, including funding for research, research
and education policy, and graduate and undergraduate education.

Founded in 1919 shortly after the birth of flight, the Aerospace Industries
Association is the most authoritative and influential trade association
representing the nation's leading manufacturers and suppliers of civil,
military and business aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aircraft systems, space
systems, aircraft engines, missiles, homeland and cybersecurity systems,
materiel and related components, equipment services and information

Founded in 1887, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)
is a research, action, and advocacy organization of public research
universities, land-grant institutions, and state university systems. As the
nation's oldest higher education association, APLU is dedicated to excellence
in learning, discovery, and engagement. Member campuses enroll more than 3.6
million undergraduate and 1.1 million graduate students, employ more than
670,000 faculty and administrators, and conduct nearly two-thirds of all
university-based research, totally more than $34 billion annually.

NDD United represents the breadth of diverse interests in nondefense
discretionary programs, including education and job training, public health
and safety, law enforcement, science, natural resources, housing, social
services, and infrastructure. Together, NDD United is working to strengthen
America by protecting these core government functions from additional cuts.

Formed in 2004, the Task Force on American Innovation (TFAI) is an alliance of
America's most innovative companies, leading research universities, and
largest scientific societies. The group's mission is to support scientific
research in the physical sciences and engineering. The Task Force is based in
Washington, DC, working with the Administration and Congress to support the
National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy's Office of Science, the
Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology, the
Defense Department, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

SOURCE Aerospace Industries Association

Contact: Barry Toiv, AAU, +1-202-408-7500,; or Dan Stohr,
AIA, +1-703-358-1075 (o), +1-703-517-8173 (m),;
Jeff Lieberson, APLU, +1-202-478-6040,; or Emily
Holubowich, NDD United, +1-202-484-1100 ext. 43,
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