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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 05:16 PM

The Sequester: Absolutely everything you could possibly need to know, in one FAQ

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/02/20/the-sequester-absolutely-everything-you-could-possibly-need-to-know-in-one-faq/

The Sequester: Absolutely everything you could possibly need to know, in one FAQ

At the end of the month, the dread sequester is set to take effect. Hands up if you know what exactly that means ó and be honest. Donít worry, weíre here to set you straight. Follow along for answers to some of the most-asked questions about the impending cuts.

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How much gets cut?



The 2013 sequester includes:

$42.7 billion in defense cuts (a 9.4 percent cut).
$28.7 billion in domestic discretionary cuts (a 8.2 percent cut).
$9.9 billion in Medicare cuts (a 2 percent cut).
$4 billion in other mandatory cuts (a 7.6 percent cut to nondefense programs, and a 10 percent cut to mandatory defense programs).

That makes for a total of $85.4 billion in cuts.

More will be cut in 2014 and later; from 2014 to 2021, the sequester will cut $87 to $92 billion from the budget every year. Those higher numbers reflect those cutsí effects in January and February, which were unaffected by the sequester this year.

What notable programs get cut?


The National Institutes of Health will see budget cuts in the billions if the sequester goes through. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

Here are just a few. Note that these are full year cuts, except where otherwise noted; the actual cuts will be about 5/6 the size, due to the delay:

Aircraft purchases by the Air Force and Navy are cut by $4.2 billion.
Military operations across the services are cut by about $16 billion.
Military research is cut by $7.5 billion.
The National Institutes of Health get cut by $2.5 billion.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are cut by about $500 million.
Border security is cut by about $900 million.
Immigration enforcement is cut by about $500 million.
Airport security is cut by about $500 million.
Head Start gets cut by $406 million, kicking 70,000 kids out of the program (note: post-delay estimate).
FEMAís disaster relief budget is cut by $580 million.
Public housing support is cut by about $3 billion.
The FDA is cut by $319 million.
NASA gets cut by $1.5 billion.
Special education is cut by $1.3 billion.
The Energy Departmentís program for securing our nukes is cut by $1 billion.
The National Science Foundation gets cut by about $600 million.
The FBI gets cut by $742 million.
The federal prison system gets cut by $549 million.
State Department diplomatic functions are cut by $1 billion.
Global health programs are cut by $670 million; the Millenium Challenge Corp. sees a $71 million cut, and USAID a cut of about $450 million.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is cut by $85 million.
The SEC is cut by $117 million.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is cut by $4 million.
The Library of Congress is cut by $48 million.
The Patent and Trademark office is cut by $242 million.


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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 05:22 PM

1. You always post the most interesting and helpful stuff!

Thanks for this!

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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 05:24 PM

2. Cuts through the fog--thanks

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 05:30 PM

3. Thanks for sharing the information!

 

Really sheds light on what's going to happen.


I hate to see NASA's budget get cut. *sigh.*

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Response to OceanEcosystem (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 07:00 PM

4. There's so many things we are all going to

hate about this before it's over.

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Response to babylonsister (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:05 PM

5. no doubt..

This is going to be ugly and will affect everyone.

Thanks for posting. Very informative.

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