Take a look at the history of sequestration from its first use in the 1980s to today’s cuts.
A May 2012 bill passed by House Republicans would have shifted all the cuts away from defense and onto other parts of the budget that Democrats generally want to protect. A late December 2012 bill would have replaced across-the-board cuts with cuts that target programs Obama supports, most notably spending to institute the health care law, but that bill expired with the last Congress.
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