Nearly 4 in 10 Americans say they have been affected by automatic spending cuts known in Washington-speak as sequestration, according to a poll out on Friday that was done for ABC News and The Washington Post. Most Americans disapprove of the cuts in programs in programs ranging from Head Start for children to Meals on Wheels for seniors.
The cuts are happening because Congress wouldn’t pass a budget that brings down deficits while closing loopholes that let one in four profitable corporations avoid paying any U.S. income tax. Sen. Bernie Sanders voted against sequestration.
Also because of the spending cuts, three of the largest federal agencies were closed on Friday. Furloughs affected 115,000 employees, 5 percent of the federal workforce, at the Internal Revenue Service, Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Office of Management and Budget also made people take an unpaid day off.
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