How Flexible is the Sequester?
Posted at 12:15 p.m. on Feb. 26
While lawmakers may not be debating how to avoid the sequester cuts set to go into effect on Friday, the Wall Street Journal looks at the fight over how much flexibility federal agencies have in implementing the cuts.
“Constrained by laws governing the way it spends money approved by Congress, the White House said there is little it can do to spare Americans… It was written to ensure that the cuts are leveled at every ‘program, project, and activity’ within each individual budget account, the White House said.”
New York Times: “Republicans were expected to unveil legislation on Tuesday that… would let agencies and departments cull programs that were long ago proved to be ineffective, and would make sure critical federal functions like air traffic control and meat inspection were spared.”