Sequestration: A history

Published On: Feb 26 2013 10:31:38 AM PST   Updated On: Apr 04 2013 05:36:57 AM PDT

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

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The concept of sequestration was introduced in 1985 as an amendment on a bill to raise the debt ceiling. This amendment included a plan to reduce the deficit and balance the budget by 1991.  It was called the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act, better known as Graham-Rudman-Hollings.


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