Before Texas Sen. Ted Cruz launched the Republican campaign to shut down the government over Obamacare, Democrats planned to use the budget fight to negotiate a replacement for the sequester cuts. But now that Republicans are holding the government hostage, Democrats have agreed to fund the government at sequester levels.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said on Monday that Democrats should bring a clean spending bill to the floor (i.e. including sequester cuts) now to keep the government funded, allowing for more negotiation on eliminating the sequester later.
Meanwhile, many Americans are feeling the cuts. Head Start cut 57,000 poor children from its services; Meals on Wheels programs across the country have cut an average of 364 meals a week for senior citizens; and up to 140,000 low-income families could lose their rental assistance.
On Wednesday, the Huffington Post's Sam Stein joined NOW w/ Alex Wagner to discuss the latest budget negotiations in Washington and the impact of the sequester throughout the country, something the Huffington Post has reported on extensively.