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Sequestration: A history

POSTED: 10:31 AM PST Feb 26, 2013    UPDATED: 05:36 AM PDT Apr 04, 2013 

Take a look at the history of sequestration from its first use in the 1980s to today’s cuts.

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If the supercommittee failed, $85 billion in spending cuts -- also known as sequestration -- would hit, targeting both defense spending and other domestic spending starting Jan. 1, 2013. The proposal for including sequestration in the bill originated from members President Barack Obama’s administration and was agreed to by Congressional Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner. The theory was these cuts were so abhorred by both sides of the aisle that they would be forced to make a better compromise.

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