On Thursday, September 10, the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) participated in NDD United #RaisetheCaps Day along with Reps. Chris Van Hollen (MD-08), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), and Barbara Lee (CA-13) and other advocates representing more than 2,500 national, state and local organizations for veterans, teachers, scientists, law enforcement, women’s rights, transportation safety, and others to call for Congress to avoid America’s next great budget crisis. With the bi-partisan Murray-Ryan deal set to expire on October 1, nondefense discretionary (NDD) programs — ranging from education and job training, to housing and science, to natural resources and veterans services, to public health, safety and security — are once again on a crash course to disaster as the true impact of sequestration will be felt by millions of Americans from all walks of life. Leaders of NDD United presented a letter signed by more than 2,500 groups to Congressional leaders and Committee members demanding Congress raise the spending caps and end sequestration through a bipartisan budget deal. A deal would prevent drastic cuts to women’s health, early education, transportation safety, law enforcement, veterans, and other important sectors. For a recap of the day, including some Twitter analytics and a summary of the activities check out the #RaiseTheCaps blog post.