The Plum Line: sequester


Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 11/11/2013

Why Democrats should win the argument about austerity, but probably won’t

Lawmakers ought to be scrambling over each other to rescue the economy, starting with a quick repeal of the sequester. But because Washington is incapable of breaking out of its self-imposed austerity cage, very likely nothing will change.

By Ryan Cooper  |  12:24 PM ET, 11/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  austerity, budget talks, sequester

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 08/19/2013

Dems have an ace in the hole in coming battle

Senior Democrats believe a little-noticed wrinkle in the design of the sequester gives them a big leverage point to force Republicans to reach a long term spending compromise.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:06 PM ET, 08/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 08/01/2013

The great GOP crack-up will have to wait

By Greg Sargent  |  02:22 PM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 04/24/2013

House liberals demand meeting with Obama on Chained CPI

The left is not going to allow any Grand Bargain without putting up a major fight.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:08 PM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 04/22/2013

Yup: Cutting spending means you have to cut spending

Republicans claim the sequester is a great victory for them, while blaming every individual sequester cut they don't like on President Obama.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:38 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 04/05/2013

House liberal leader: Say No to the Grand Bargain

Dem Rep. Raul Griljalva vows to vote No on any grand bargain containing Chained CPI, and says in the end, the sequester may be less awful than any bad deal.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:25 PM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 04/05/2013

Another moment of real clarity in the fiscal debate

Obama manages to demonstrate once again that there is literally nothing he could offer Republicans -- even things they themselves have said they want -- to induce them to compromise.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:17 PM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 04/04/2013

The limits of the Democrats' sequester strategy

A new poll finds that the number of Americans who think the sequester is hurting the economy is going down. Not what Democrats predicted.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:54 AM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 04/03/2013

White House allies roll out campaign on sequester

The big question is whether the sequester will turn being the party of long term austerity into an untenable political posture.

By Greg Sargent  |  05:04 PM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 03/29/2013

The GOP's fiscal farce

Republicans who voted for the Paul Ryan budget, which would wipe out huge chunks of the federal government, are now chafing at sequester cuts to obscure programs.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:22 PM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 03/28/2013

Republicans decry sequester cuts while hailing sequester as victory

It's hard to see how it's coherent for Republicans to claim the sequester as a big victory even as they decry its impact and acknowledge it needs to be replaced.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:59 PM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 03/25/2013

Michele Bachmann, ardent foe of spending cuts (in her district)

Not even the ardently anti-government-spending congresswoman likes the sequester.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:59 PM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 03/21/2013

Welcome to Sequestration Nation

Headlines from around the country show that the sequester is genuinely beginning to take a toll on communities around the country.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:23 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 03/20/2013

On sequester, liberals face a dilemma

Which is worse -- extended sequestration, or a grand bargain that cuts entitlement benefits? Progressives may soon have to answer that question.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:13 PM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:28 PM ET, 03/17/2013

A moment of real clarity in the fiscal debate

Top Republican leaders admit that there is no ratio of entitlement cuts of their own choosing to new revenues they are willing to accept. Clear now?

By Greg Sargent  |  06:28 PM ET, 03/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 03/13/2013

Republicans say they want entitlement cuts. But they want Dems to own them.

The GOP says they want entitlement cuts. But it want Dems to own them.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:23 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 03/13/2013

The Morning Plum: No, the GOP isn't "winning" the argument over sequester

A new poll finds that solid majorities reject every main conservative argument about the sequester -- which casts doubt on the notion that Republicans are "winning" the argument over it.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:19 AM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 03/11/2013

Bernie Sanders: Just say No to any entitlement benefits cuts

Liberal Democrats are insisting that a grand bargain is a nonstarter. But what if the choices are narrowed down to just a deal or indefinite sequestration? How should liberals proceed?

By Greg Sargent  |  05:27 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 03/11/2013

GOP triumphalism about the sequester is premature

A new poll shows yet again that Americans say they love cutting government spending in the abstract, but oppose it for programs they like. That's the context in which the sequester fight is unfolding.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:24 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 03/08/2013

Beltway bubble insulated from reality of sequester

Real people around the country are beginning to tune into the possibility that these spending cuts could do real damage to their communities and to the country's economic recovery.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:37 PM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, budget, sequester

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 03/08/2013

GOP fantasies about entitlements

The central fact about our fiscal showdown is this: There is no route to a resolution that doesn't involve Republicans compromising on revenues.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:01 PM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 03/06/2013

Dems settle in for war of attrition against GOP

Dems settle in for war of attrition against GOP

By Greg Sargent  |  01:06 PM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 03/04/2013

Pundits blowing it on sequester debate

In the quest to prove that Obama is to blame for the sequester standoff, Bill Keller of the New York Times commits a straight up factual error.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:19 AM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:34 PM ET, 03/01/2013

What to look for next in the sequester wars

Dems are hoping that GOP unity will fracture as the bite of the sequester sinks in.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:34 PM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 03/01/2013

Our deeply unbalanced fiscal debate

There is nothing that will get some folks in Washington to reckon with the true nature of the GOP position on the sequester.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:01 PM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 03/01/2013

Republicans will own economic damage done by sequester

Some House Republicans are claiming that the sequester cuts are a victory for them -- even as other Republicans say they'll damage the economy.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:56 AM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 02/28/2013

We're headed for the sequester -- but it won't even do much to reduce the deficit.

The argument over which should be prioritized -- the deficit, or jobs and economic growth -- has already been lost.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  04:43 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 02/28/2013

Pelosi: When Dems communicate their values clearly, they win

The Dem leader reflects on the Dems' victory in fight over the Violence Against Women Act, and acknowledges that the sequester battle will be a lot more challenging.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:29 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Democrats, sequester

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 02/27/2013

AFL-CIO: Time to repeal the sequester

We need more voices demanding a focus on unemployment and growth, rather than on the deficit.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:50 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Why White House is content to wait Republicans out

Democrats don't have any incentive to do anything other than just allow the GOP's divisions to deepen.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:59 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Americans hate government, but they'll hate deep spending cuts even more

A new study to be released today will show that the sequester will cut more deeply into government services than many Republicans claim.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:01 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 02/25/2013

It's as if the election never happened

If Republicans are going to continue acting as if it's still 2011, then we're not going to be able to make governing progress.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:14 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans, sequester

Posted at 04:34 PM ET, 02/22/2013

Nope: People really, really don't like spending cuts

People see the GOP as the party of spending cuts, which will make it harder to win the blame game over the sequester.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:34 PM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 02/21/2013

Don't bite on GOP's clever sequester trick, Dems

Democrats should not accept anything from Republicans other than genuine compromise on the need for new revenues.

By Greg Sargent  |  05:01 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 02/20/2013

Senate Dems look past sequester to government shutdown fight

Democrats are increasingly pessimistic about the sequester, but they see the government shutdown deadline as an opportunity to force GOP concessions on revenues.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:12 PM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government shutdown, sequester

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 02/20/2013

New study badly undermines GOP position on sequester

A new study badly undermines the party’s position.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:02 PM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 02/19/2013

GOP "makeover" hits a snag: Unwillingness to change

If Republicans want to shed their image as slavishly devoted to the rich, they will need to stop making opposition to any new taxes from the rich their top priority.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:31 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 02/19/2013

GOP's sequester shenanigans carry risks for 2014

Yes, Obama will take some of the blame if the sequester damages the economy. But Republicans could pay a larger price at the polls next year.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:45 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  congress, Obama, Republicans, sequester

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 02/18/2013

When the sequester hits

Could the cuts in the sequester be enough to get voters outraged? If so, it's hard to see how "we need more cuts than this" is a winning hand.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:15 PM ET, 02/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, sequester

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 02/15/2013

How Republicans can win the sequester fight

All they need to do is not say No to the easiest route to a win available to them.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:28 PM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 02/14/2013

GOP approach to sequester jumps shark

Republicans offer Dems a choice: The sequester, or deeper cuts than the Ryan plan. Good luck with that one.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:54 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 02/11/2013

No end to the GOP's fiscal gimmickry

The approach by the two parties to the sequester is deeply, fundamentally imbalanced. If this latest GOP proposal is not enough to drive this home, nothing will.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:10 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Dems close in on sequester strategy

Senate Democrats will offer Republicans a plan to avert the sequester that balances spending cuts and revenue increases, and dare them to oppose it.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:32 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Don't fall for GOP's sequester bluff

The Republican threat to let the sequester happen is not tenable or believable.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:12 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 02/08/2013

On the sequester, the only way to win is not to play

The best hope we have at a sustained recovery is refraining from more austerity.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:16 AM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 02/07/2013

Dems will offer GOP spending cuts to avert doom

Dems are not proposing only new revenues; they are proposing a mix of revenues and spending cuts. By contrast, the GOP is insisting only on cuts.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:11 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 02/06/2013

The party of Reagan, or the party of the Club for Growth?

The battle over the sequester has exposed the rift between defense Republicans and anti-tax Republicans.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:07 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 02/06/2013

The absurdity of the GOP position on spending, in one chart

The way to avoid the sequester is clear: Republicans need to agree to compromise on new revenues. And if they do, they'll even get the spending cuts they want, too!

By Greg Sargent  |  11:58 AM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 01/31/2013

We all agree that spending cuts hurt the economy. Right? Right.

Republicans themselves previously admitted that the threatened sequestered cuts could deeply damage the recovery.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:04 PM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 01/30/2013

Puzzling GOP logic on the sequester

It's hard to see how the news that deep defense cuts hurt the economy gives the GOP leverage in the sequester fight.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:50 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans, sequester