‘Death by a Thousand Cuts’: Budget cuts from federal sequester taking toll on local social programs

May 22, 2013

"The full breadth of sequestration's devastation will become readily visible as the cuts take hold over the weeks, months and years ahead: opportunities in medical research lost; public defenders furloughed; national parks closed; lab capacity to track outbreaks diminished; teachers fired," says Emily Holubowich, spokesperson for NDD United, a group of 3,200 organizations working to stop sequestration. (NDD stand for nondefense discretionary programs.) "Sequestration is projected to cost as many as 750,000 jobs, and deny 31 million children access to education programs like Head Start."