Sequester Watch, #18

August 19th, 2013 at 10:36 am

You might figure that as the sequester goes on, it would become the new normal and we’d see less reporting about its negative impacts on Head Start, scientific and medical research, low-income housing, and more.  But you’d be wrong about that, in no small part due to the broad swath of journalists who, to their great credit, continue to follow the story.

BTW, note the oped from highly conservative commentator George Will about the sequetration-induced damage to NIH’s research agenda, though as Jon Chait points out, he’s new to this position.   As numerous pieces below note, the institute’s budget hit this year alone amounts to $1.7 billion out of a budget of around $30 billion.

Friends, colleagues, opponents, anyone who’s listening: it is neither Head Start, nor NIH, nor low-income housing that are driving our deficits, which, btw, are falling quickly–I’d say too quickly–in the near term anyway.  Yet the conventional wisdom is that when we hit the end of the fiscal year at the end of next month, the sequester will be built into whatever patch Congress and the White House agree upon to avoid a shutdown.

It’s like the worst aspects of group-think multiplied by $1.2 trillion.

Congress Misses Opportunity to Reverse Sequester Cuts to Housing
August 6, 2013
By Greg Kaufmann
Bill Moyers & Co
http://billmoyers.com/2013/08/06/congress-misses-opportunity-to-reverse-sequester-cuts-to-housing/

Parents Losing Jobs a Hidden Cost to Head Start Cuts
August 12, 2013
By William Selway
Bloomberg
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-12/parents-losing-jobs-a-hidden-cost-to-u-s-head-start-budget-cuts.html

Sequestration Has Georgia Town On Edge
August 12, 2013
By ADAM RAGUSEA
NPR
http://www.npr.org/2013/08/12/211279143/furlough-fallout

Arne Duncan Apologizes to Native Community for Sequestration Impact
August 12, 2013
By Diette Courrégé Casey
Education Week
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rural_education/2013/08/arne_duncan_apologizes_to_native_community_for_devastating_effects_of_federal_sequester.html

Too Soon to Call Sequester a Success
August 13, 2013
By Max Boot
Commentary Magazine
http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2013/08/13/too-soon-to-call-sequester-a-success/

Sequestration Ushers In A Dark Age For Science In America
August 14, 2013
By Sam Stein
Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/14/sequestration-cuts_n_3749432.html?view=print&comm_ref=false

Will the Sequester Cause the End Times?
August 14, 2013
By Jaime Fuller
The American Prospect
http://prospect.org/article/will-sequester-cause-end-times

Butler Co. Head Start budget cuts affect kids, workers
August 14, 2013
By Kelly Taylor
Fox19 (OH)
http://www.fox19.com/story/23141289/protest-held-in-hamilton-over-butler-co-head-start-budget-cuts

Gimme Shelter: In Vermont, Sequestration Leads to Homelessness
August 14, 2013
By Kevin Kelley
Seven Days (VT)
http://www.7dvt.com/2013gimme-shelter-vermont-sequestration-leads-homelessness

The Sequester Is Stifling Science
August 15, 2013
By Jonathan Cohn
The New Republic
http://www.newrepublic.com/article/114316/sequestration-impact-nih-nsf-and-scientific-research

Sequester hits home—at meal time
August 15, 2013
By Trudy Lieberman
Rural Health News Service
http://www.gothenburgtimes.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6277:sequester-hits-homeat-meal-time&catid=1:local&Itemid=2

87 federal judges write Congress on ‘devastating’ sequester cuts
August 15, 2013
By Tal Kopan
Politico
http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2013/08/federal-judges-write-congress-on-devastating-sequester-170617.html

5 Government Agencies Hit Hard by the Sequester
August 15, 2013
By Dan Ritter
Wall St. Cheat Sheet
http://wallstcheatsheet.com/stocks/5-government-agencies-hit-hard-by-the-sequester.html/?a=viewall

Federal Judges To Congress: Sequestration Is Having ‘Devastating Impact’ On Courts
August 15, 2013
By Eric Lach
TPM
http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/federal-judges-to-congress-sequestration-is-having-devastating

Head Start limiting enrollment, cutting programs as sequester kicks in
August 16, 2013
By Lillian Monegau
The Hechinger Report
http://hechingerreport.org/content/head-start-limiting-enrollment-cutting-programs-as-sequester-kicks-in_12906/

The sequester’s a public health hazard
August 16, 2013
By George Will
Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/george-will-the-sequester–a-public-health-hazard/2013/08/16/4bb96982-05ca-11e3-9259-e2aafe5a5f84_story.html

Sequester takes toll on Notre Dame research
August 16, 2013
By Annie Chang
WSBT-TV (IN)
http://articles.wsbt.com/2013-08-16/sequestration-cuts_41419352

Judge Warns Of Sequestration’s ‘Devastating’ Effects
August 16, 2013
By Pat Kessler
CBS Minnesota
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2013/08/16/judge-warns-of-sequestrations-devastating-effects/

Sequestration Forces Scientist To Euthanize His Genetically Modified Rabbits
August 16, 2013
By Sam Stein
Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/16/sequestration-science_n_3768577.html

Sequester Hits Oklahoma Jobs, Fed Says
August 16, 2013
By D.E. Smoot
HispanicBusiness.com
http://www.hispanicbusiness.com/2013/8/16/sequester_hits_oklahoma_jobs_fed_says.htm

Head Start’s EMPTY SEATS Symbolize Devastating Impacts of Sequester Budget Cuts
August 17, 2013
Santa Barbara Independent
http://www.independent.com/news/2013/aug/17/head-starts-empty-seats-symbolize-devastating-impa/

Sequestration may mean layoffs, pay cuts among El Paso’s federal public defenders
August 17, 2013
By Adriana M. Chávez
El Paso Times
http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_23882024/sequestration-may-mean-layoffs-pay-cuts-among-el?source=most_viewed

Head Start eliminated services to 57,000 children in U.S. as a result of sequester
August 18, 2013
By Michael Alison Chandler
Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/head-start-eliminated-services-to-57000-children-in-us-as-a-result-of-sequester/2013/08/18/e1181810-06d9-11e3-9259-e2aafe5a5f84_story.html

SEQUESTER CUTS: U of M biomedical research suffers
August 18, 2013
By Shelby Capacio
Fox 9 (MN)
http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/23168304/sequester-cuts-u-of-m-biomedical-research-may-suffer

Sequester hitting local Meals on Wheels program
August 19, 2013
By Andrew James
WUGA TV (GA)
http://www.wugatv.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52551:sequester-hitting-local-meals-on-wheels-program&catid=91:local-state-news&Itemid=141

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