Sequester Watch, #23

September 23rd, 2013 at 11:32 am

Another week, another collection of ways in which the sequester is infliciting damage on key functions.

EG, from one of the HuffPo pieces below, a nice e.g. of how cuts can cost you: “Members of Congress and the Obama administration rely heavily on the work of inspectors general to root out waste, fraud and abuse in the federal bureaucracy. But it’s a monster of their own making that is now tying the hands of these government watchdogs.”

Also from below, remember how we kicked the FAA can down the road runway so travellers wouldn’t be inconvenienced by that nasty sequestery thingie.  Well, it’s back: “FAA officials have told aviation industry officials and lawmakers that a new round of furloughs will be needed to close a budget gap of as much as $700 million in the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.”

I’m sorry to jump on the ultimatum bandwagon—it’s clearly a tactic the Tea Party is using in ways that are antithetical to reason and sane governance.  But if I were in charge, there’d be no restoring the next round of FAA cuts without the same treatment for Head Start and similar measures that are not a big deal to air travelers but mean a great deal to the beneficiaries who are losing them through these mindless cuts.

Security in an age of sequester
September 17, 2012
By Darren Samuelsohn
Politico
http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/security-sequester-navy-yard-shooting-96963.html

‘Century of Biology’ in U.S. Is Being Undone by Sequester
September 17, 2013
By Morton Kondracke
Roll Call
http://blogs.rollcall.com/beltway-insiders/century-of-biology-in-us-is-being-undone-by-sequester/

Shelton: Sequestration Will Devastate Military Space, Cyber Programs
September 17, 2013
By Yasmin Tadjdeh
National Defense Magazine
http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=1274

U.S. must restore biomedical research funding
September 17, 2013
By Bipasha Mukherjee-Clavin, Carolina Montaño, Neil M. Neumann and Wan R. Yang
The Baltimore Sun
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-biomedical-research,0,6244826.story

Another round of Vanderbilt job cuts under way
September 17, 2013
By Shelley DuBois
The Tennessean
http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130917/BUSINESS05/309170098?nclick_check=1

FBI hinting at 10-day shutdown if sequester continues
September 18, 2013
By Josh Hicks
The Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2013/09/18/fbi-hinting-at-10-day-shutdown-if-sequester-continues/

Sequester may mean more cutbacks at Fort Drum
September 18, 2013
By Joanna Richards
North Country Public Radio (NY)
http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/22779/20130918/sequester-may-mean-more-cutbacks-at-fort-drum

NIH Director: Next ‘Cure for Cancer’ Lost to Sequester
September 18, 2013
By Marrecca Fiore
Medscape
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/811189

Risk of Flight Delays Returns as FAA Weighs Furloughs
September 18, 2013
By Alan Levin
Bloomberg News
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-17/air-controller-furloughs-halted-by-congress-may-return.html

Sequester cuts affecting local trials
September 19, 2013
By Sam Sweeney
NBC-2 (FL)
http://www.nbc-2.com/story/23481316/sequester-cuts-affecting-local-trials#.UkA2c4asjTo

FBI Sequestration Has Shut Down Training At Quantico: James Comey
September 19, 2013
By Ryan J Reilly
Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/19/fbi-sequestration_n_3956868.html

Sequester cuts Head Start classroom in half
September 19, 2013
By Malissa Wright
WQAD 8 (IL)
http://wqad.com/2013/09/19/sequester-cuts-head-start-classroom-in-half/

The Sequester Is a Disaster, and Congress’s Next Move May Be Worse
September 19, 2013
By Norm Ornstein
The Atlantic
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/09/the-sequester-is-a-disaster-and-congresss-next-move-may-be-worse/279819/

With Budget Cuts, U.S. Judge Won’t Sequester Jury in Murder Case
September 19, 2013
By Mosi Secret
The New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/20/nyregion/with-budget-cuts-us-judge-wont-sequester-jury-in-murder-case.html?_r=0

Sequestration Is Making It Harder For Government Watchdogs To Do Their Jobs
September 19, 2013
By Amanda Terkel
Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/19/inspector-general-sequestration_n_3953807.html

Programs That Help Students Get To College Smacked By Sequestration
September 19, 2013
By Bryce Covert
ThinkProgress
http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/09/19/2647351/trio-programs-college-sequestration/

Service Chiefs Detail 2014 Sequestration Effects
September 19, 2013
By Cheryl Pellerin
American Forces Press Service
http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=120825

MIT president: Sequester choking innovation economy
September 19, 2013
By Chris Cassidy
The Boston Herald
http://bostonherald.com/business/business_markets/2013/09/mit_president_sequester_choking_innovation_economy

Wyoming’s federal court feels sequester squeeze
September 20, 2013
By Kelsey Bray
WyomingNews.com
http://www.wyomingnews.com/articles/2013/09/19/news/19local_09-19-13.txt

For Boeing, Sequester Means No C-17 Orders and a Factory Closure
September 21, 2013
By Meghan Foley
Wall St. Cheat Sheet
http://wallstcheatsheet.com/stocks/for-boeing-sequester-means-no-c-17-orders-and-a-factory-closure.html/?a=viewall

Fort Bragg, Fayetteville brace for additional sequestration cuts in new fiscal year
September 21, 2013
By Ali Rockett
Fayetteville Observer (NC)
http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2013/09/20/1284284?sac=fo.home

Timpanogos Cave closes early due to sequestration
September 22, 2013
By Michael McFall
Salt Lake Tribune
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/56906527-78/cave-ireland-park-weeks.html.csp

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.