On Aug. 2, 2011, Congress passed the Budget Control Act of 2011, which provided for the Super Committee. If the Super Committee failed to create legislation to address the cuts originally demanded by the Republicans, the sequester would kick in.
The Super Committee ended up failing, and on Jan. 2, 2013, the automatic cuts ("sequestration") were supposed to kick in. Those cuts are also known as the fiscal cliff that kept some of us up on New Year's Eve waiting for the 2 a.m. Senate vote, then the 11 a.m. House vote to avert it.
As the president broke away from his vacation with family and friends and the Senate worked on the issues, the House did nothing except to make sure the rich did not get taxed -- without a care for working people.
On Aug. 1, 2011, Speaker of the House John Boehner told CBS news that he walked away from the grand bargain, the president negotiated in good faith, and Republicans got 98 percent of what they wanted with the Budget Control Act, which included the built-in sequester. Republicans are trying to blame President Obama for the automatic spending cuts that will kick in via the sequester.
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GARY DOWNING, Kennewick