NDD United communicates with Congress, the Administration, the media, and the public through letters, sign on letters, and press releases. Below is a list of our most recent correspondence:


Below is a list of tools that NDD United has developed to help advocates participate in the campaign and educate others about the value of NDD programs, as well as the impact of budget cuts. NDD United encourages groups to customize language from any of the materials for use in their own efforts.

  • Impoundment Control Act FAQ -- The Trump Administration has said that they are going to send up a list of rescissions, or cuts to already appropriated funds, for Congressional consideration under the Impoundment Control Act of 1974 (ICA). This one-pager breaks down the ICA process for impoundment and rescissions and the risk it poses to NDD programs.

  • Faces of Austerity 2.0 Faces of Austerity 2.0: How Budget Cuts Continue to Make Us Sicker, Poorer, and Less Secure (Oct. 2017) continues to tell the stories of Americans from across the country and of every walk of life are affected by federal budgets. The report is available online here.

  • Faces of Austerity Faces of Austerity: How Budget Cuts Have Made Us Sicker, Poorer, and Less Secure (Nov. 2013) tells the stories of those who've been impacted most by Washington's failure to protect the programs that keep us healthy, safe, and educated. Its an excellent reference for explaining sequestration and demonstrating the impacts of cuts. Download a copy here.


NDD United hosts events to help educate the community, Congress, and the public about the importance of NDD programs. Through this outreach, we are able to raise awareness of potential threats to NDD and work collaboratively to influence federal budget decisions. Some of the events we support are:

  • Town Halls – These events bring together members of the community and provide an arena for discussing what the community as a whole can do to fight sequestration. Presenters at these Town Halls include former and current Members of Congress, administration officials, and budget experts. They also provide a venue for groups to promote their own activities and efforts around austerity.

  • Press Conferences – NDD United leadership regularly participates in press conferences with Members of Congress and other community leaders calling for an end to the harmful sequestration cuts. In the past, NDD United has collaborated with the defense industry and university representatives, as well.

  • Briefings – In conjunction with the release of our report Faces of Austerity: How Budget Cuts Make Us Sicker, Poorer and Less Secure, NDD United held a Capitol Hill Briefing featuring Americans featured in the report, as well as other briefings about NDD and the impact of budget cuts on Americans’ lives. These types of events put a face on the budget cuts and help educate Hill staff, the media, and advocates about the impacts of austerity on individuals and communities.

  • Twitter Days – Twitter activities for NDD United are typically planned to accompany the release of sign on letters and other publications and events. NDD United often supplies supporters with draft tweets and tips on social media advocacy to amplify the message.