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Regulatory: Sequestration

The outcome could have a significant impact on the 2012 elections.

Federal regulatory agencies are facing the threat of extensive budget cuts in their rule writing and enforcement functions under the “sequestration” process under the Deficit Reduction law.

The appropriations process produces budget deficits because program advocates can make strong arguments for increased spending without being required to identify other programs that should be cut to offset those outlays. In 1985, the Gramm-Rudman law “sequestration” mechanism that sought to turn the process into a zero sum game.

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John Cooney

John F. Cooney is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Venable.

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