July 27, 2011
President Obama’s team proposes sequester to Harry Reid.
November 21, 2011
The Super Committee fails to reach an agreement. President Barack Obama tells Congress he will veto any effort to replace sequestration.
May 11, 2012 - December 19, 2012
Senate Democrats and White House do nothing - offering no plan to replace the sequester.
January 2, 2013
The “fiscal cliff” deal is signed into law, pushing the deadline for the sequester cuts to March 1.
February 10-14, 2013
Leading Democrats proclaim that “Washington doesn’t have a spending problem.”
February 13, 2013
President Obama’s spokesman Jay Carney confirms that the sequester was the President’s idea.
February 16-18, 2013
President Obama goes golfing in West Palm Beach, FL.
March 1, 2013
President Obama meets with Congressional leaders nearly 300 days after the House first acted and after his sequester takes effect.
Sequestration is a set of automatic budget cuts set to take place on March 1, 2013. These cuts, totaling $1.2 trillion, will be divided among various defense and domestic programs. Sequester was an idea proposed by the President and his team in July of 2011 during the debt ceiling debate.
August 2, 2011
President Obama signs the Budget Control Act, which included the sequester, into law.
May 10, 2012
House Republicans pass the Sequester Replacement Act of 2012, which would replace the sequester with responsible spending cuts and reforms.
December 20, 2012
House Republicans pass the Spending Reduction Act of 2012, once again offering a solution to replace the President’s sequester.
February 5, 2013
The President asks Congress to delay his sequester, which House Republicans voted to do twice – legislation Senate Democrats refused to consider.
February 13, 2013
President Obama kicks off his two-week campaign style tour for higher taxes in Asheville, NC; Decatur, GA; Chicago, IL and Hampton Roads, VA.
February 14, 2013
The Democratic-controlled Senate offers an irresponsible plan to stop the President’s sequester. The plan raises taxes on hardworking Americans instead of cutting wasteful spending like the $2.2 billion spent by the government on free cell phones so far this year.
February 28, 2013
Senate Democrats fail to pass a plan to avert President Obama’s sequester.