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CBO says no sequestration needed for FY 2019

Although the Office of Management and Budget makes the final decision on whether federal agencies will face sequestration, the Congressional Budget Office has determined that such cuts will not be needed for the end of fiscal year 2019.

By law, CBO is required to make estimates on the spending limits needed on discretionary spending for certain agencies, and then determine whether enacted legislation for the current fiscal year has exceeded those caps that would lead to sequestration, across-the-board cuts for certain categories of spending.

In its required report, CBO concluded that because Congress increased the budget caps for defense and non-defense funding, spending has been below the levels that would have led to sequestration.

“The caps still could be breached if lawmakers provided additional appropriations for 2019 before the end of September 2019 without increasing the limits,” the report states, adding, “…unless those appropriations either fell into a category that causes a cap adjustment or were offset by reductions in funding for other programs.”

Read the full CBO report here.

Reader comments

Wed, Sep 4, 2019

Make America great again. Sequester by voting out the following stooges: McConnel, Pelosi, Schumer, Warren, Cortez, and all the other do nothings who occupy seats in congress and senate. They are completely ineffectual and have not done anything worthy of their perverted salaries and benefits.

Thu, Aug 29, 2019

Sequester Cortez, Schumer, McConnel, Warren and the rest of the do nothing squad.

Thu, Aug 22, 2019

Sequester and riff 90% of the inept management in the big outfit in Bethesda, this would increase morale and employee satisfaction. The annual survey on employee satisfaction would go up over 85.2%

Wed, Aug 21, 2019

Sequester congress and senate and political minions and their appointees, since they do nothing any way in the sense of work or their ethics.

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