One For The Books: Sequester Resulted In Only One Layoff In 2013

Yesterday, Senator Tom Coburn (R. Okla.) sent a letter to Sylvia Burwell, director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), requesting the release of information on how the agency implemented sequestration, a key responsibility of the OMB as mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011.

Dr. Coburn launched the investigation following a report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) which revealed that sequestration resulted in only one layoff across 23 federal agencies during fiscal year 2013, a far cry from the White House’s claim that $85.3 billion in spending cuts would “threaten hundreds of thousands of middle class jobs.”

“Despite relentless warnings about the dire consequences of sequestration’s budget cuts, it appears sequestration resulted in only one layoff… it is devastating to the credibility of Washington politicians and administration officials who spent months – and millions of dollars – engaging in a coordinated multi-agency cabinet-level public relations campaign to scare the American people,” said Senator Coburn.

While the Obama administration and his Democratic allies relied on scare tactics in order to pin the blame on Republicans for not reaching a budget compromise, the numbers certainly do not work in the President’s favor; only one federal employee was laid off in order to “achieve partial savings required by sequestration in fiscal year 2013.”

Citing two frequently-used reports by Goldman Sachs and the Congressional Budget Office, the Senator noted that the ‘experts’ miscalculated the impact of sequestration “by between 99,999 and 1,599,999 jobs.”

“The American people deserve to know the truth, especially if it suggests politicians’ favorite programs can endure far more in budget cuts than sequestration imposed,” according to Dr. Coburn.

TAGS: Spending, Transparency, Budget Reform

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