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    The 32 Dumbest and Most Devastating Sequester Cuts March 3, 2013 Think Progress / By _Igor Volsky_ (http: //www.alternet.org/authors/igor-volsky-0) [1] With
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 4, 2013
      The 32 Dumbest and Most Devastating Sequester Cuts




      March 3, 2013
      Think Progress / By _Igor Volsky_ (http:
      //www.alternet.org/authors/igor-volsky-0) [1]
      With Congress unable to reach a deal to avert the indiscriminate spending
      cuts put in place in the Budget Control Act of 2011, President Obama on
      Friday signed an order authorizing the government to begin canceling $85
      billion from federal accounts for this fiscal year.
      As Obama said during a press conference yesterday, “This is not going to be
      a apocalypse, I think as some people have said. _It’s just dumb_
      (http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/03/01/statement-president-sequester)
      [2]. And it’s going to hurt. It’s going to hurt individual people and it
      ’s going to hurt the economy overall.” In a _83-page letter_
      (http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/assets/legislative_reports/fy13ombjcs
      equestrationreport.pdf) [3] to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), the
      Office of Management and Budget details the specific reductions each
      government program will face. Here are the dumbest and most painful cuts:Health care

      $20 million cut from the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home
      Visiting Programs
      $10 million cut from the World Trade Center Health Program Fund
      $168 million cut from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
      Administration
      $75 million cut from the Aging and Disability Services ProgramsHousing
      $199 million cut from public housing
      $96 million cut from Homeless Assistance Grants
      $17 million cut from Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS
      $19 million cut from Housing for the Elderly
      $175 million cut from Low Income Home Energy AssistanceDisaster and
      Emergency
      $928 million cut from FEMA’s disaster relief money
      $6 million cut from Emergency Food and Shelter
      $70 million cut from the Agricultural Disaster Relief Fund at USDA
      $61 million cut from the Hazardous Substance Superfund at EPA
      $125 million cut from the Wildland Fire Management
      $53 million cut from Salaries and Expenses at the Food Safety and
      Inspection ServiceObamacare
      $13 million cut from the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan Program
      (Co-ops)
      $57 million cut from the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control
      $51 million cut from the Prevention and Public Health Fund
      $27 million cut from the State Grants and Demonstrations
      $44 million cut from the Affordable Insurance Exchange Grants
      programEducation
      $633 million cut from the Department of Education’s Special Education
      programs
      $184 million cut from Rehabilitation Services and Disability Research
      $71 million cut from administration at the Office of Federal Student Aid
      $116 million cut from Higher Education
      $86 million cut from Student Financial AssistanceImmigration
      $512 million cut from Customs and Border Protection
      $17 million cut from Automation Modernization, Customs and Border
      Protection
      $20 million cut from Border Security Fencing, Infrastructure, and
      TechnologySecurity
      $79 million cut from Embassy Security, Construction, and Maintenance
      $604 million cut from National Nuclear Security Administration
      $232 million cut from the Federal Aviation Administration
      $394 million cut from Defense Environmental Cleanup

      Republicans, who _refused to raise_
      (http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/03/01/1661141/gop-debate-taxes-over/) [4] any additional revenue to avoid
      the budget cuts, have described the reductions as “modest” a “_homerun_
      (http://www.politico.com/multimedia/video/2013/02/pompeo-sequester-will-be-home
      -run.html?hp=s1) [5]” and something that “_needs to happen_
      (http://www.clevelandbanner.com/view/full_story/21588235/article-U-S-
      -Congressman-DeJarlais-speaks-to-local-constituents?instance=latest_articles) [6]” in order
      to “_get this economy rolling again_
      (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-jH5h-WcXw&feature=player_embedded) [7].”
      The latest projections from the Congressional Budget Office show that the
      nation’s deficits have _shrunk by trillions of dollars_
      (http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/budget/news/2013/02/05/51991/weve-made-remarkable-progre
      ss-toward-reducing-the-deficit/) [8], and the debt is close to being
      stabilized as a percentage of the economy. Meanwhile, budget cuts have already
      reduced spending by $1.5 trillion and even with the revenue included in the
      fiscal cliff deal, the ratio of cuts to revenue stands at an unbalanced _3
      to 1_
      (http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/01/07/1405651/democrats-revenue-right/) [9].










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