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How Did We Arrive at Sequestration?
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The sequestration process of automatic spending cuts required by the Budget Control Act of 2011 began in March 2013 as a result of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction’s failure to propose, and Congress’ failure to pass, a bill to decrease the deficit by $1.2 trillion between 2013 to 2021.

The congressional deficit reduction super committee met in 2011 to attempt to reach a bipartisan agreement on spending reduction measures that would avoid the sequestration. However, the committee failed to negotiate a bipartisan proposal by its deadline in November 2011.

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