Overview of the President’s FY 2013 Budget Request

By jschneidewind on February 17, 2012 in Policy/Advocacy

by Donna Crews, Director of Government Affairs

The annual federal budget and appropriation process kicked off this week with the release of the President’s FY 2013 proposed budget.  The budget request projects total spending of $3.8 trillion for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2012.  The President’s FY ’13 budget request for overall domestic HIV funding demonstrates a continued priority for implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.  In a total budget that reflects the fiscal crisis that is forcing record setting cuts in total spending, the proposed budget includes moderate increases or flat funding for the majority of domestic HIV programs.  And, despite some disturbing proposed cuts as well AIDS United is pleased that most these life-saving programs remain intact during this challenging financial climate.

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program would receive a $74 million increase.  Most of that increase is for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program, funding for which would increase by $66.7 million.  That amount is on top of the $50 million that was added in FY 2012 following the President’s 2011 World AIDS Day remarks.  Part C would get a $15 million increase, which also is on top of the $15 million announced by the President on World AIDS Day.  The other parts of the Ryan White Program, including Part A, would be flat funded under the President’s proposed budget.  Regrettably Part D of the program would face a nearly $8 million dollar cut.

The President also proposed a $2 million dollar cut to the HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS) program, and a $5 million cut to tuberculosis prevention.

Domestic HIV prevention and surveillance programs would receive an increase of $40 million.  STI prevention programs are virtually flat funded under the President’s budget.

The President’s budget request includes a provision that would allow local communities to use federal funds for syringe exchange programs (SEPs). AIDS United is pleased about this provision, because the ban on the use of federal funds for SEPs was reinstated in the last bill to complete the FY 2012 spending plan.  AIDS United joined others throughout the HIV/AIDS community in calling for the President to support Congress lifting that ban.

President Obama included a $6 million increase for the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) and a $5 million decrease for the AmeriCorps program.  AIDS United has both a SIF grant and an AmeriCorps grant with a focus on HIV and AIDS that we fund throughout the United States.  The SIF grant must be matched by our organization and by the grantee on the local level thus leveraging $2 additional dollars for each $1 federal dollar invested.  Often, the AmeriCorps young people who work in the HIV arena remain involved in HIV policy, care, treatment, or research for their careers.  This is an important pipeline to new HIV workforce members as many of the HIV workforce begin to retire.

AIDS United is pleased and encouraged that many domestic HIV/AIDS programs remain intact, but remains very concerned about the cuts that have been proposed for AIDS housing, and the program for women, children, youth, and families.  Watch for continuing analysis here on the AIDS United blog.

Click here to see the White House’s Office of Management and Budget’s overview of the FY 2013 President’s budget.

Click here for a chart of the domestic HIV programs in the President’s proposed budget.

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