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The Sequester: Cuts And Consequences

May 28, 2013 — Indian reservations don't collect state property taxes, meaning most of their education budget comes directly from the federal government. With graduation rates already low, administrators worry about what larger class sizes and fewer school buses will do to the community.
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May 11, 2013 — Automatic budget cuts have pushed Air Force bases to slash their flying budgets even though it means grounding pilots and reducing readiness. The cancellations are boosting the arguments of those who want the military excepted from sequestration cuts.
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Apr 30, 2013 — Housing authorities across the country have all but stopped issuing rent vouchers as they try to deal with across-the-board spending cuts. Many newly issued vouchers have been rescinded, leaving some people homeless or doubled up with family and friends.
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Apr 27, 2013 — It appears Congress decided not to leave town while airport delays pile up. The Senate miraculously approved a measure to restore funding for air traffic controllers, and the House followed suit on Friday. Considering this turn of events, could other sequester interventions be in the offing?
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Apr 26, 2013 — The sequester was supposed to affect nearly all federal programs equally. But with Congress showing it's ready to save the most popular programs, the ultimate effects may not be equitable.
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Apr 26, 2013 — Following a week of complaints about sequester-caused flight delays, Congress quickly pushed through a bill letting the FAA shift around its budget to end furloughs for air traffic controllers.
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Apr 26, 2013 — Delays at the nation's airports surged this week because the Federal Aviation Administration furloughed air traffic controllers to stay within a reduced budget. Now Congress has voted quickly to give the FAA more spending flexibility to reduce staff cutbacks.
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Apr 26, 2013 — The Senate passed the legislation on Thursday. President Obama will sign it, the White House says. This means the FAA will be able to shift funds so that the number of air traffic controllers on duty no longer needs to be reduced in order to satisfy sequestration.
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Apr 26, 2013 — The Senate has passed a bill to give the Department of Transportation more flexibility in how it makes the mandatory cuts of the sequester. Hundreds of flights were delayed this week after the FAA furloughed air traffic controllers, setting off a political storm.
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Apr 25, 2013 — The furloughs have been blamed for widespread delays at the nation's airports. The vote late Thursday was unanimous. The House could vote on the measure Friday.
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