Feb 23, 2013
House Republicans tried hard during their week off to label the
huge March 1 cuts as "the President's sequester", but was President
Obama really the cause? We go back to August 1, 2011, the day
sequester was born, to see who was celebrating the cuts and how
they passed the House.
August 1, 2011: The House of Representatives passed the Budget Control Act. The Budget Control
- Raised the debt ceiling for 18 months, allowing the United
States to pay its bills until the fiscal cliff crisis in January
- Mandated a vote on the Tea Party's Balanced Budget Amendment to
the U.S. Constitution.
- Enacted spending caps until 2021 designed to reduce the debt by
- Stopped graduate students from getting student loans from the
- Created the SuperCommittee tasked with agreeing on $1.2
trillion of additional government cuts.
- Created across-the-board, percentage based cuts - 50% to
discretionary spending and 50% to defense spending- to take a
effect if the SuperCommittee failed. This is "sequester".
So far, we know that if if the sequester goes into effect on
People mentioned in the podcast:
- @BillTaylor2: Came up with "sequester finger-pointing week".
Funny Boston dude. Follow him.
- Political DisContent: A
conversational, educational, and funny podcast I just discovered
and enjoy. Give 'em a try.
New episode next week! Congress comes back from vacation. Will
they stop the sequester?