Take a look at the history of sequestration from its first use in the 1980s to today’s cuts.
The next date to watch will be March 27, which is when the current federal funding authority expires. If the funding authority isn't at least extended by then, the government would be forced to shut down. Whether Congress and the White House would also legislation that would avert a government shutdown to also solve the sequestration remains to be seen.
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