An estimated $85 billion in automatic spending cuts to the federal budget are set to take place this week if no further action is taken by Congress.
Here’s a round-up of some useful articles on the subject:
The Sequester: Absolutely everything you could possibly need to know, in one FAQ - from the Washington Post
"At the end of the month, the dreaded sequester is set to take effect. Hands up if you know what exactly that means — and be honest. Don’t worry, we’re here to set you straight. Follow along for answers to some of the most-asked questions about the impending cuts."
White House estimates of state-by-state impacts of sequestration - from the Washington Post
"A look at cuts in child care, vaccines for children, teachers and schools, public health and more across each state by amount and jobs."
DHS releasing illegal immigrants before sequester - from the Associated Press
"A week before mandatory budget cuts go into effect across the government, the Department of Homeland Security has started releasing illegal immigrants being held in immigration jails across the country, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Tuesday."
12 ways the sequester will screw the poor - from Mother Jones
"One problem is that many poor Americans rely on services the government provides. The White House released a report Sunday emphasizing the ways in which the cuts will hurt the middle class, but although important entitlement programs such as Medicaid, Social Security, and food stamps are exempt from sequestration, many programs for low-income families are on the chopping block. Here are 12 of them."