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Democrats Sequester Bill Adds Billions to Deficit

The sequester replacement bill proposed by Senate Democrats, and endorsed by the White House, would add $7.2 billion to the federal deficit over ten years, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

“CBO estimates that S. 388 would increase direct spending by $62.4 billion and revenues by $55.1 billion over the 2013–2023 period. Thus, the cumulative deficit would increase by $7.2 billion from those changes,” CBO wrote in a report.

The Democratic bill would replace the $85 billion in automatic cuts scheduled to take effect on Friday with a mixture of tax increases and spending cuts to defense programs and farm subsidies. However, those spending cuts would be phased in over a ten-year period, whereas the sequestration cuts would occur this year.

The Senate will vote Thursday on the Democratic plan, as well as a Republican bill that would essentially keep the sequester in place, but give the Obama administration greater flexibility to administer the cuts. Both are expected to fail. Congressional leaders will then meet at the White House on Friday (hours before sequestration officially takes effect) to discuss how to proceed.

Read more at The National Review

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  • How will the 55.1 billion in revenues be realized? More taxes? The RINOs will cave in on this I feel.

  • Start the cutting! The Repubs then need to go after worthless Depts, like Education and Homeland Security (DoD is protects America), and many more.

  • Everything these nazi’s on the left do, raises taxes, it’s their plan every day, they think our money belongs to them to spend how ever they want, stop paing taxes?

    • Joel P

      Benjamin, there is nothing in the Dems proposals that would raise tax rates. There are suggested loopholes designed to help the rich that they suggest eliminating, but, for those of us making under $400,000 a year, it’s not targeted at us. The sequester cuts are targeted at us. fact.

      • celticwaryor

        Did you even read the article? Your “facts” are not facts at all!

  • If our elected representatives fail to do their job, then they need to be removed from that job. Check your state to see what can be done if your senators and congress people allow this to occur or instead give in to white house demands for a “free reign” for 7 months. And then, you do what is legal to have them recalled and removed. RAPIDLY. We already know we can get an impeachment through the House. We need to remove the SENATORS who are blocking everything, starting with Reid.

  • Even though I’m a Democrat, I urge the Republicans to not give an inch on the Sequester or gun control. We have enough debt, and have lost enough of our rights, and at least for me, enough of lies and deceptions to fill some twisted agenda. If you can’t stand up and stop all of this then there is no telling what will happen to this country that has now become a joke to the rest of the world. So please do what you were put in office for and represent the will of the people.

    • SNAKEDOCTOR

      Jimmy, If you are like the rest of us, You would leave the Domocrat Party. With a platform like they have, how can you align yourself with them. I was an Independant for years and switched to R because I found out that many Democrats have actually joined the American Communist Party. I’m an American Patriot and love my country. I plan to fight these fools that want to take my rights away. Maybe you as aDemocrat could sway some in your party to switch. Sometimes you have to eat crow and do the right thing. I did it and you can too.

  • I am waiting with baited breath for the sky to fall(LOL) I declare tomorrow “chicken little” day. Now for the end of the month and the dire warnings from the muslim in chief.

  • dmbunce

    The rino’s will cave. Obama will once again be our savior. No one will impeach him and if they did by some miracle he would pull a Clinton and not leave. Someone needs to arrest him for treason. Does anyone in Washington have the guts to do it? I don’t think so.

    • Joel P

      Treason? For proposing compromise solutions to the budget? What about the treason committed by people like McConnell who would sooner destroy the country than vote for anything Obama endorses, including ideas that came from the GOP?

      • dmbunce

        Why do you even respond with such utter nonsense? “Proposing compromise?” “McConnell who would sooner destroy the country?” Utter nonsense. Say something with some intelligence in it! Maybe someone will take you seriously.

  • Tater2

    So he wants it done sooner ??? lol As though it will at all. He thinks that the American people are MORONS…. ha ha ha.

  • Joel P

    The sequester plan was a bi-partisan plan designed to be so heinous that it would force better solutions. Obama has proposed many cuts. Boehner says Obama has not proposed any cuts. Boehner lies. Trying to pin this on Democrats is incredibly manipulative. Sure, it serves your agenda, but it ain’t so.

    • Boehner lies because he has absolutely no control over his caucus. He can’t negotiate any kind of deal or compromise because part of his caucus refuses to compromise. So he does the best he can to make his position look good. These cons claim to want to improve employment and the economy. This sequester will do neither.

  • Barney Murrell

    Sequestration is not a Democratic problem, and it is not a new economic concept. The Balanced Budget and Emergency Control Act of 1985, sometimes referred to as “Gramm-Rudman-Hollings…” created deficit targets to balance the federal budget in 6-years. If the targets were not met, then automatic sequestration spending cuts would occur. It was signed into law by President Reagan in Dec. 1985.

    In 1986 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled portions of the 1985 law unconstitutional in Bowsher v. Synar on the basis that it violated the separation of powers. In response Congress revised the sequestration procedures to comply with the ruling, and in Sept. of 1987 President Reagan signed the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Reaffirmation Act of 1987.

    The Budget Enforcement Act of 1990 was another attempt to combat growing budget deficits and debt that began escalating during the Reagan Administration. It created “pay-as-you-go” (PAYGO) rules for taxes and certain entitlement programs, and was signed by President GW Bush 11/05/90.

    The Balanced Budget Act of 1997 made changes to discretionary spending limits and to the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 “to assure that any legislation enacted before October 1, 2002, affecting direct spending or receipts that increases the deficit will trigger an offsetting sequestration.”

    Another mechanism for taming the deficit and debt is the Senate’s Byrd rule, adopted in 1985 and amended in 1990, which allowed senators during Reconciliation to block deficit increasing legislation.

    But the legislation could not stop President Bush from creating deficits with his 2001-2003 tax cuts, prescription drug program, two wars paid for off budget with supplemental appropriations; all of which far exceeded what would be allowed under the Balanced Budget Acts, PAYGO rules, and the Senate Byrd rule.

    To overcome the obstacles Bush used a “Sunset” provision to limit his tax cuts to ten years, thus removing $100s of billions from amounts that would have triggered PAYGO sequestration. Thus, deficits began again when “…Republicans in the Senate, at the quiet but intense urging of the White House, massaged their own budget accounting rules to fit a $400 billion tax cut through a $124 billion hole;” according to a 5/19/2003 Wall St. Journal article.

    • SNAKEDOCTOR

      I know that Washington has a Spending Probelm. Pelosi, Reid,O’Zero, and the rest of the Minions that are really our employees say not and will lie to your face and smile all the way to the vote and vote as they please with NO consideration for what Citizens want. Let the Sequestration begin. LIARS are afoot Patriots.

  • James Maxwell

    Republican, Democrat or Independent all understand that his sequester is but the tip of
    the financial picture. It is FUTURE spending, not present. The government still has
    trillions of dollars committed to their pet liberal agenda. They will not cut any of the
    entitlement that to to their voting base such as food stamps, welfare or any of the “Free”
    money they use to buy votes from uninformed or low information voters. They have
    extended unemployment benefits but will not cut taxes one red cent if it might bring
    jobs back to an area. They have come up with all these foolish and costly bail out
    programs for banks and car manufactures so that the unions can keep their over
    paid jobs.

  • Well, for you delusional, racist, useful idiots that voted for this Muslim-Marxist, New World Order puppet, new Hitler, I hope your all happy with your hope and change! You useful idiots will be experiencing the hell that is coming to AMERIKA as well! What we have, let me make it perfectly clear is ANARCHY – from the government down, not from the bottom up – at least not yet. If it were up to me, there would be a REVOLUTION already commencing! We are seeing a COMMUNIST takeover which must be stopped, and soon! These elitist despots must be made to feel the heat so that they will at least be somewhat accustomed to the heat they surely are going to feel in HELL, were they belong; but for now, they are out to make this dead Republic which has become a third world totalitarian oligarchy a living hell, for those on the left too – A HOLES! WAKE UP, WISE UP, RISE UP!

    Hey sheeple, it is time to stop the whining and start uniting with civil unrest as the left has been known to do! These are evil, Godless communist bastards and if they want to take “US” we have a duty, obligation, Right to take them down with “US!” It can not be more clear! I’ve told all of you a long, long time ago, in fact, it was when this New World Order, Muslim-Marxist, new Hitler was first “installed” to accomplish this back in 2008! AMERIKA, as a perceptive commentator on one of these sites had illuminated: : ” we are being “ni666erized!” . Most TV adds have black actors, they now are in the controling postions. Most entertainment presented is black. How about that demonic, Illuminati “Stupor Bowl” that I wouldn’t have watched if you had paid me because I knew of their agenda! Now we have the “GHETTO HARLEMIZED” demonic craze being pushed on AMERIKA and the sheeple , as usual, acquisce like the good sheeple that they have become! The Miami Heat do a propaganda skit, that demonizes and ni666erizes the zombie like citizens! They have the ghetto box, useful idiot wearing a bear’s head, and what could be taken for a Catholic bishop’s tiara being worn by a savage impersonating – I think – L. James; then there are the sheeple on an airplane, of all places, with all the security threats dutifully partaking in this demonic nonsense! AMERIKA, you been had and your either too stupid or too afraid to figure this out! They, the Muslim-Marxist, New World Order puppet , new Hitler and his band of homo, lesbo communist miscreants are shoving their tyranny down your throats and up your arses, bigtime, and you sit back and do nothing and even ask for more by your stupidity and timidness! Baa, baa, baa, we want Obaa-baa-ma say the sheeple who are being sheared and soon to be slaughtered! America, home of the free and land of the brave has been replaced by home of the AFRAID and land of the ENSLAVED!

    PS. You can add Dennis Rodman and the Harlem Globetrotters going to to COMMUNIST N. Korea – how is that permitted – to the list of the intended ANARCHY from this COMMUNIST REGIME!

    I was totally surprised to hear the words state-run media and communist, although communist came from your black guest. Why must you be so hesitent and apologetic when you try to get these points across? Why can’t you be more confident and authoritative when you speak of the truth?

  • Nonya

    This fool got more than 93% of the black vote?!?! Apparently, blacks do NOT know their civil war history very well….. OR… that the republicans of Lincoln’s day are the reason for their freedom being realized…