The itemization of the so-called “sequestration” plan showed
potential pain all around: $11 billion out of the Medicare
healthcare program for the elderly, a $15.3 billion cut in
defense procurement accounts and hefty cuts to a Department of
Agriculture program that supports farm prices.
There was also a cut of $129 million from embassy security,
which would be particularly ill-timed in light of deadly attacks
on U.S. diplomatic posts in the Middle East, Africa and
Afghanistan by Islamic militants in recent days.
The list, in 394 pages, included millions slashed from
familiar programs such the National Institutes for Health, the
national parks, the Smithsonian and all the regulatory agencies.
It could generate new public concerns as the presidential and
congressional races enter the home stretch.