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If Sequester Cuts Happen Friday, the President’s Paycheck Won’t Be One of Them

Obama's paycheck won't be cut if sequester happens Friday
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If sequester cuts happen Friday, the guy in the White House won’t be out of cash.

According to the Budget Control Act that Obama signed in 2011, certain federal agencies and programs will not face legally-mandated cuts, including his paycheck. From Section 255 of the act, which lays out what programs are exempt from cuts:

“Most exempt programs are mandatory, and include 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.”

A number of veterans and military programs are also exempt, meaning the Obama administration’s scare tactics about what will happen to many government agencies if the sequester occurs are being a bit overblown. There will be significant cuts, but not as bad as some officials are trying to make them out to be.

The cuts are being used as a political ploy by Democrats to force Republicans into compromising to allow increased government spending.

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