On Thursday, Congress passed legislation that was supposed to give more freedom to many government agencies in taking decision regarding which program should be cut.
The original legislation requested across-the-board 5% cuts in domestic programs and 8% cuts in defense programs.
Just after passing the $1 trillion measure, Congress went for a spring break. It will give many federal agencies the time and flexibility needed to decide what to cut under the compulsory sequestration.
Today, Pentagon announced to postpone its possible lay off up to 800,000 civilian employees. Apart from Pentagon, other government agencies that were given leeway on cuts are NASA, Commerce, Agriculture, Homeland Security, Food and Drug Administration, Justice, and Veteran Affairs.
The measure allocated more money exclusively for the Border Patrol and meat inspections and sorted out a means to save military tuition support.
The agencies that will still have to swallow the cuts are Health and Human Services, Transportation, Interior, Department of Education, Housing and Urban Development, Environmental Protection, and Energy.