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Congress Fails to Avert Sequestration, Across the Board Cuts Move Forward

March 1, 2013

Today, massive across the board spending cuts totaling $85 billion, known as sequestration, went into effect.

 

Sequestration was first initiated with the Budget Control Act of 2011 and scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1 but delayed by the American Taxpayer Relief Act, a last minute “fiscal cliff” deal. However, despite the two-month delay, Congress was unable to reach a deal to prevent the sequester.

In November 2012, the League’s board of directors adopted a resolution opposing the cuts and urging Congress to find a more balanced solution to the nation’s deficit.

The cuts will affect core local government programs including the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership, Citizens’ Option for Public Safety (COPS), Byrne Justice Assistance Grants, as well as the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund and federal water infrastructure funding distributed through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Many of these programs have already experienced significant cuts over the last two federal fiscal years.

For more information about sequestration, please visit the League’s sequestration webpage. The White House also released information on the impact to California which can be found on the White House website



 
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