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In May, Representative Betty McCullom introduced an amendment to the House version of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act that would significantly and immediately reduce spending on military music programs from $320 million to $200 million.

This went back and forth in the House and was eventually passed in early July. The Senate is currently working on their version of the NDAA. When it is passed by the Senate, the two bills will go into conference with input from the office of the Secretary of Defense to be reconciled. If this amendment makes it through, it will have an negative impact on all music in the military.

Since the numbers provided to Rep. McCullom were possibly not the most accurate and her amendment is vague, it is feared that the cuts in reality could well exceed 37.5%. They will take effect almost immediately - Oct. 1 of this year.

The DOD budget projection for FY2012 is $553 billion. Cutting a mere $120 million is a "savings" of...what exactly?

The American Bandmasters Association (ABA), the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), and MENC are advocating that this

amendment not become part of the 2012 NDAA. The MENC link provides further information: http://advocacy.menc.org/profiles/blogs/news-itemaction-alert-us

If you are interested in contacting your Representative and Senator:

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

As few as seven letters and phone calls can make a difference in the passage of legislation.

Source: C-M Community Music Group
 
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