Where the sequester would hurt the most

Much of the talk about the looming sequester has focused on the big cuts to the defense budget.

But as the chart below from the Pew Charitable Trusts shows, federal grants to the states will also feel the brunt of the spending cuts.

Education grants are the biggest item on the chopping block, with 100 percent of the $38 billion in annual grants subject to the sequester.

Income security and social services — which include things like disabled and handicap services, family and child welfare and assistance to the elderly — would face losing 38 percent of their $85.5 billion.

Other grants subject to the sequester include 100 percent of the $3.5 billion in community and regional development and 100 percent of the $3.6 billion in employment and training —  much smaller pieces of the overall grant picture.

Things like Pell Grants for education are very popular. During the 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney distanced himself from the Pell Grant cuts contained in his running mate Paul Ryan's House budget.


Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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