In the Wednesday, Oct. 17 edition of The Great Bend Tribune, the story Correspondence: Moran staffer hears sequestration worries from locals contained an inaccuracy. In the story, it was stated that the Defense program was not subject to sequestration. In fact, Defense is subject to sequestration. If sequestration is allowed to occur, “defense spending would be cut by 9.4 percent, non-defense spending by 8.2 percent, most entitlement programs by 7.6 percent, and Medicare providers by two percent,” according to Richard Wolf in his Sept. 14 story in USA Today, White House warns of massive defense, domestic cuts.
There are exempt programs, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service, Budget “Sequestration” and Selected Program Exemptions and Special Rules, but they are considered “mandatory programs, including Social Security and Medicaid, refundable tax credits to individuals, and low-income programs such as the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Supplemental Security Income.” Some discretionary programs, like the Department of Veterans Affairs may be exempt, or reduced at a lower percentage.