Sequester’s Impacts Continue to Grow

We already knew sequester was going to have a gradual but nonetheless harmful impact, so we’re not surprised by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray T. Odierno continued warning on sequester. According to CQ:

“The Army’s top military officer said Wednesday that if Congress does not reach a deal to avert sequestration in fiscal 2014, it would have a devastating effect on Army accounts and stability.”

That's not the only example of the Republican sequester's impact, as Brad Plummer explains in the Washington Post:

“[P]lenty of people have started to notice [the sequester’s impact] — about 37 percent in a May 19 poll said they’d been personally affected.And the sequester is starting to have an impact around the country, although many of the cuts haven’t yet sunk in.”

The Post goes on to name programs being affected: Head Start, public defenders, federal housing, national parks scaling back summer service, federal agencies, cancer clinics, and unemployment benefis, just to list a “few.”

Similarly, Bloomberg’s Eric Soltas warned that most of the sequester’s impact won’t be felt until next year. Great, something horrible to look forward to:

Next year, however, sequestration is different in two ways: It's much deeper and much more selective. The results won't be pretty.”

Seems pretty simple to us. The longer House Republicans take to act responsibly and work together to replace the sequester the worse it gets.