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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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In the days before the March 1 deadline, the parties spent more time blaming each other than coming up with a realistic solution. Republicans took to calling the sequestration "Obama’s sequester" to try to shift blame solely to the president. Members of the administration touted the dire consequences cuts could mean to the general public, which many Republicans said were exaggerated to scare people.

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