Saturday, December 29, 2018

This Partial Shutdown is the new Sequester

In 2011, Congress passed and President Obama signed the Budget Control Act into law. This legislation created a “super committee” to reach a grand compromise on spending under threat of sequestration. Both parties went along with this because the establishment on both sides agreed sequestration would be unthinkable and therefore would never happen.

The super committee's deadline came and went, and sequestration went into effect. While Washington can argue about whose idea sequestration was originally, the point is conservative thinking about and understanding of recent federal budget history was insufficiently understood, and that's why something not expected to happen, happened.

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Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Homeland Security

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Federal Shutdown Precedes Return to Divided Control of US Congress

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