Letter: Measuring the Sequestration Cuts

To the Editor:

A March 10 letter (“Correction on Size of the Budget Cuts”) stated that my prior letter was factually incorrect when it said that sequestration cuts for the current year would be less than the reported $85 billion. The evidence cited was a letter from the White House Office of Management and Budget to House Speaker John Boehner.

A March 12 letter from the director of the Congressional Budget Office to the Senate Committee on the Budget confirmed that the OMB had indeed reported that spending authority would be reduced by $85 billion, yet in the next paragraph, the letter states that the Congressional Budget Office itself had estimated that “the automatic spending reductions would lower outlays by $42 billion in 2013.” Authority to spend and actual spending are not the same. The letter went on to note that the “OMB’s determination of the distribution of those reductions across budget categories will probably change that estimate somewhat.”

Tim Dreisbach

South Royalton


Letter: Correction on Size of Budget Cuts

Monday, March 4, 2013

To the Editor: There was a factual error in a March 2 letter relating to the budgetary effects of sequestration (“A Look at White House’s Numbers”). It was asserted that the required budget cuts would be prorated for this fiscal year and therefore less severe than generally understood. I would like to quote from the March 1 letter from the …

Letter: A Look at White House’s Numbers

Monday, February 25, 2013

To the Editor: Regarding the sequester and the “Twin State Impacts” (Feb. 25): It is my understanding that $85 billion in cuts will not take effect from March through September, contrary to what the Valley News reports, but only a pro rata portion, less than $50 billion. Even with these “cuts,” federal spending this year will be greater than last …