Sequestrations Impact on Non-Defense Appropriations

Relief Expires in 2016

Sequestrations Impact on Non-Defense AppropriationsA new Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) paper, Sequestration and Its Impact on Non-Defense Appropriations, explains:

  • The mechanisms, including #sequestration, that the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA) established,
  • How policymakers subsequently modified those mechanisms, and
  • The resulting effects on “non-defense appropriations.”

Non-defense appropriations include a wide variety of investments and services, such as housing assistance and also medical research, education aid, veterans’ health care, national parks, and public health.

President Obama and Congress enacted measures that somewhat ameliorated the sequestration cuts in 2013, 2014, and 2015, but that relief expires in 2016 — raising concerns about the ramifications if policymakers cannot reach agreement on new legislation to alleviate future sequestration.

The Budget Control Act (BCA) will soon mean that the federal government is devoting the lowest share of national income in at least five decades to the services and investments that are covered by non-defense appropriations.

Click here for the full report.