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15 Things You Need to Know About the Sequester

15 Things You Need to Know About the Sequester

By Steven T. Dennis
Roll Call Staff
February 25, 2013 | 7:28PM

Nearly two years in the making, the first $85 billion of automatic budget cuts known as the sequester are about to hit starting Friday, but on Monday, there were no real talks under way to prevent it.

Before you start taking sides in the blame game between Democrats and Republicans, there are a few things you need to know about how the sequester came to be, how it will be implemented, and the choices lawmakers face as they seek to avert it.

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