Top Democrat on House Appropriations Committee Coordinates Effort to Illustrate Local Impact of Sequestration
Created by on 08/08/2013

Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY), ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee, is organizing an effort to provide members of Congress with a resource to better illustrate the negative impacts of sequestration in their districts. Lowey’s office is seeking individuals with a background in public health or health research who are willing to help field requests from Congress members for data on how sequestration is affecting local communities.
An outspoken opponent of sequestration, Representative Lowey released a report in February describing the impact of budget cuts on federally supported education, health, and law enforcement programs in her district. The report noted that New York is home to many biomedical research facilities and estimated that the counties in Lowey’s district would lose more than $1.3 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health. Members of both parties are beginning to acknowledge the problems with sequestration as they confront the reality of the cuts, including loss of services for their constituents and furloughed workers.
If you would like to serve as a resource for this effort, please contact Jennifer Zeitzer, FASEB Director of Legislative Relations, at jzeitzer@faseb.org, who will put you in touch with Representative Lowey’s staff.