Sequestration Hurts, Congress Doesn't Help

The Truth is a Jagged Pill

Written by Brittany Stepniak
Posted June 27, 2013

Outside the Numbers

-$100 million: Cost of President Obama's family trip to Africa; originally planned for this summer (including a military SNIPER team to "take out lions and cheetahs if they threatened the first couple"), this is the most expensive journey a president has proposed in recent memory

-$30 million: How much we spend supporting retired members of Congress every year

-$10.9 million: Cost to taxpayers for Obama's recent appearances in Israel

-$90 million: Amount of funds cut from college student aid programs

-$60 million: Amount of funds cut from schools near military and tribal lands

-$51 million: Amount cut from Federal Work Study Programs

-$180,000: Cost per flight hour on Air Force One

-125,000: Number of people risking homelessness with cuts to shelters and housing vouchers, neglect for mentally ill and homeless Americans who would lose services, Native Americans getting turned away from hospitals, cuts to schools on reservations and prison lockdowns

-$3 billion: Amount of decrease in economic activity due to sequester funding reductions in cancer research
*1,500 people die from cancer every day in the United States

-$1.5 billion: Mandated budget cut for the fiscal year 2013 for the National Institutes on Health, an organization that uses 80% of its budget for over 300,000 research personnel at more than 2,500 universities and research facilities around the country 

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