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Letter: What does sequestration mean?

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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013 1:17 pm

In regards to the federal government, following is the situation:

“If the dozen or so appropriation bills passed separately by Congress provide for total government spending in excess of the limits Congress earlier laid down for itself in the annual Budget Resolution, and if Congress cannot agree on ways to cut back the total, then an ‘automatic’ form of spending cutback takes place. This automatic spending cut is what is called “sequestration.”

So basically, the Senate should have acted on the budget bills that were approved in the House of Representatives, but as they did nothing, Congress had to pass a series of short-term overrides.

The Republicans and Independents said to the president’s party (in essence) “OK, you are running the show, we’ll do things your way for now. But we must be responsive to the needs of our citizens, so when then next deadline comes, you should work with us to maintain the Rule of Law.” Meanwhile, when the next times came, Democrats changed the rules, the boundaries and the goal lines.

Can you blame responsible members of Congress when they finally say, “We are not playing your game anymore; we will be trustworthy, and do our duty”?

The House of Representatives has acted responsibly by passing the Annual Budget Resolution each year. The Senate has not reviewed, revised or passed even one resolution for the past four years.

Who, then, is to blame for this upcoming budget “crises”?

Patrick Shepherd


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