If Congress fails to act during the lame-duck session, a series of onerous automatic federal spending cuts and tax hikes will go into effect on January 2, 2013. This budget battle has two major components:
- Significant cuts to the federal budget under a process known as “sequestration”
- Expiration of a number of tax cuts
Sequestration in particular would result in draconian cuts to federal programs that support the health, wellness, and livelihood of gay and transgender Americans and their families. From workplace nondiscrimination protections to health care coverage to supporting our nation’s elders, cuts in these programs would seriously harm gay and transgender Americans.
For more on this topic, please see:
- Caught in the Budget Battle by Andrew Cray, Crosby Burns, and Erin Fitzgerald