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    Unused Federal Buildings: No Room for Sequestration Cuts?

    About 77,000 unused or underused federal buildings cost taxpayers $1.67 billion to operate and maintain in 2010 alone (latest data available), according to a Congressional Research Service (CRS) report from last year. Unlike your typical house on the market today, these buildings are beyond unsightly. The word derelict might not … More

    Sequestration: Much Larger Spending Cuts Needed to Balance the Budget

    Sequestration, the set of automatic spending reductions set to hit on March 1, barely makes a dent in federal spending over the next decade. Much larger spending cuts are needed to rein in growing spending and debt and avoid a debt crisis. Federal spending is projected to grow from $3.6 … More

    Morning Bell: Obama's Sequester Smokescreen

    Suppose you desperately needed to lose weight but had a Big Mac with fries and a Coke staring you in the face. You could take your need to diet seriously and say, “No thanks, I’ll have a salad.” Or you could decide to reduce the Big Mac meal by 2 … More

    DeMint on CNN: "The Problem Is That We're Spending Too Much" (VIDEO)

    President Obama is meeting with lawmakers Friday in a last-ditch effort to stop sequestration. Budget cuts representing just 2.4 percent out of total government spending are set to take effect at the stroke of midnight. Heritage Foundation President-Elect Jim DeMint appeared on CNN’s “The Situation Room” tonight alongside liberal pundit … More

    Environmental Protection Agency: No Room for Sequestration Cuts?

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans to furlough all of its employees and shut down for three days this year to absorb sequestration’s spending cuts. But the sequester cuts do not have to lead to shutdowns. The Heritage Foundation recently pointed out that prioritized cuts at the National Institutes … More

    Sequestration: Plenty of Room to Cut Ineffective Programs

    The Progressive Congressional Caucus (PCP) recently released a video hyping the forthcoming sequestration “cuts.” The video warns that sequestration will have the harmful effect of “cutting investments for working Americans,” “70,000 children will be kicked off Head Start,” “$35 million [will be] cut from support for firefighters,” and “830,000 fewer … More

    Department of Energy: No Room for Sequestration Cuts?

    President Obama is touring the country and campaigning against the spending cuts under sequestration, such as cuts to energy research. The Department of Energy (DOE) itself has claimed that it may have to “curtail vital programs” and furlough employees in light of sequestration. The Heritage Foundation has already identified wasteful … More

    DeMint on CNBC: We Need a Balanced Budget in 10 Years (VIDEO)

    All this talk of “spending cuts” in sequestration is forgetting one important point: These aren’t true spending cuts. They are reductions in the rate at which government spending is continuing to grow, said Heritage President-elect Jim DeMint on “The Kudlow Report.” He told host Larry Kudlow, “You can see…there’s no … More

    Small Business Administration: No Room for Sequestration Cuts?

    The White House warns that sequestration “would reduce loan guarantees to small businesses by up to $902 million”—loans that it claims are “investments that are helping grow our economy.” Setting this flawed Keynesian line of thinking aside, it’s worth investigating whether or not there is room to reduce spending at … More

    Sequestration Will Make the U.S. Less Safe, Despite CATO’s Claims to Contrary

    A February 26 article by CATO Institute Analyst Christopher A. Preble wrongly asserts that the imposition of automatic spending cuts, called sequestration, will not make the U.S. less safe. In fact, these reductions, which come on top of reductions to the defense budget that are already being made, will not … More