Sequestration: A history

Published On: Feb 26 2013 12:31:38 PM CST   Updated On: Apr 04 2013 07:36:57 AM CDT

Take a look at the history of sequestration from its first use in the 1980s to today’s cuts.

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The House of Representatives put PAYGO back into place in 2006, shortly after Democrats won back control of both houses of Congress, and the Senate passed a similar measure in 2008, but with one key difference: The old PAYGO system was a law that required increased spending be offset by budget cuts or more revenue. The new PAYGO system is a procedural rule that doesn’t legally require those offsets.

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