Sequestration, Congress In Biggest A&D Impact Since 9/11
By Michael Bruno
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
January 13, 2014
Credit: Architect of the Capitol
The truth about governing the U.S. is that while the Founders never intended it to be easy, it is only as hard as Americans choose to make it. And when they decide to do it the hard way, it is easy for the unbelievable to occur.
Take sequestration, the annual, automatic cuts to federal budget authority established by the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA) and its later amendments. When conceived and written into law during the debt-ceiling crisis that summer, sequestration was quickly embraced by both political parties as something so disagreeable, so “nightmarish,” that Congress would have to find a way to make sure the mindless cuts never would take effect.