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President Huddleston Joins Other Higher Ed Leaders in Plea for Bipartisan Leadership

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President Mark Huddleston is among more than 150 presidents and chancellors, representing institutions in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and U.S. Virgin Islands, who have joined the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities  (APLU) and the Association of American Universities (AAU) in reaching out to President Barack Obama and Congressional leaders urging bipartisan leadership to reach a balanced long-term deficit reduction agreement that will prevent the indiscriminate cuts of sequestration. 

In 2011, a 12-member group of legislators was charged under the Budget Control Act with indentifying $1.2 trillion in budget cuts to be made during the next 10 years to prevent automatic across-the-board cuts, or sequestration, from taking place. The group failed to reach the November 2011 deadline and the sequestration is scheduled to occur in January 2013.

The July 11, 2012, letter from the APLU and AAU notes that the impending sequestration is “an undiscerning and blunt budget tool that would substantially harm our nation’s future by blindly slashing valuable investments in education and scientific research, as well as other important discretionary programs that provide health, economic and national security.”

Read the letter.