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Dewonkify – Sequestration

Word: Sequestration (related words:  sequester; sequestered)

Definition:  A fiscal procedure rarely included in budget-related legislation that calls for automatic spending cuts to all federal discretionary and most mandatory federal spending programs, ranging from Medicare to military spending.

Used in a Sentence: “Sequestration Now in Mainstream Consciousness

History: The Budget Control Act of 2011, enacted August 2011, authorized an increase in the federal debt ceiling in exchange for $2.4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next ten years. This total includes $1.2 trillion in spending cuts identified by the legislation, with an additional $1.2 trillion that was to be determined by a bipartisan group of Senators and Representatives known as the “Super Committee.” In the event the Super Committee failed to reach agreement, the bill created a trigger mechanism to implement spending cuts through sequestration. In November 2011, the Super Committee announced it could not reach an agreement and, as such, the scheduled sequestration would move forward in January 2013 unless Congress acted to stop it prior to December 31, 2012. To see the budgetary impact of various proposals to replace the sequester, click here for a Congressional Research Service report. For more on sequestration and the fiscal cliff, click here.

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Julie Scott Allen, Government Relations Director, Drinker Biddle, Law Firm
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Julie Scott Allen is a government relations director with the firm’s Lobbying & Advocacy team and senior vice president with the District Policy Group.

For more than 15 years, Julie’s focus has been government relations, including advocating at the federal and state level and promoting legislative, regulatory and business agendas for nonprofit and for profit clients and national organizations. Prior to joining the firm, Julie served as vice president and managing director at Thompson Advisory Group, where she...

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