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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

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