Sequester Watch, #28

October 28th, 2013 at 4:19 pm

The sequester continues to indiscriminately whack away at everything from schools to space missions, so we continue to document the damage.  What’s notable is that the budget talks that are just starting may–and that’s “may,” not “will,”–find a way to offset some of these spending cuts over the next couple of years.

As I wrote last week about such a potential deal:

I…know that by sounding a bit optimistic about a deal like this, I’m seriously lowering expectations. So let me be very clear: all we’re talking about here is bending ourselves into a fiscal pretzel to undo some of the damage the Congress has already done. No one should mistake any of this for actually tackling the real economic challenges we face.

But if the parties can agree to offset a year or two of sequestration with back-loaded savings that protect economically vulnerable beneficiaries, and if they can get to all this while cordoning off the radical right who are probably eager for another shutdown or default threat — well, in today’s benighted Washington, that would actually be an advance.

Sequestration Cuts Lead To Bigger Classes, Shuttered Arts Programs In Schools
October 22, 2013
By Joy Resmovits
Huffington Post

Sequester squeezes Army in weapons acquisitions
October 24, 2013
By Kate Brannen
Politico

After Year of Working Around Federal Cuts, Agencies Face Fewer Options
October 26, 2013
By Jonathan Weisman
New York Times

Port Huron company blames its closure on government shutdown, sequester
October 24, 2013
By Karl Henkel
Detroit News

Obama blasts sequester during remarks at FBI
October 28, 2013
By Justin Sink
The Hill

Sequester would delay NASA missions
October 28, 2013
By Ledyard King
Florida Today

Government shutdown aside, sequester cuts potentially devastating
October 28, 2013
High Plains Journal (Ohio)

How Sequestration Gets Even Worse Next Year
October 28, 2013
By Bryce Covert
ThinkProgress

Sequestration Could Have Bigger Impact in 2nd Fiscal Year
October 28, 2013
By Alex Wiederspiel
WDTV News (West Virginia)

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