The Phony Sequester Number

When you hear about the sequester, the number you hear for this year’s cuts is $85 billion.

But according to the Congressional Budget Office (and they ought to know), it’s actually about half that, with discretionary spending falling by $35 billion and mandatory spending by $9 billion.

The rest of the $85 billion would be a result of this year’s cuts and would take place in subsequent years.

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