From 2013, do folks remember the "sequestration?"
The budget sequestration in 2013 refers to the automatic spending cuts to United States federal government spending in particular categories of outlays that were initially set to begin on January 1, 2013, as an austerity fiscal policy as a result of Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA), and were postponed by two month.From a March 20, 2013, post on the blog:
One nice thing about the sequester: one quickly learns what is important to the administration.
- White House tours canceled. Presidential golf tours continue, even a golfing trip in Ireland.
- Nuclear waste cleanup at Hanford, Washington: 200 laid off; 2,500 furloughed, leaving less than 8,000 full-time government workers/contractors to do something a lot of folks would think is important.
- Congress won't allow USPS to stop Saturday mail delivery.