50/50 Split on Defense/Non-Defense Cuts the Result of GOP’s No-Tax Position

Robert Greenstein
November 30, 2011

With some policymakers pushing to forestall the defense cuts that are slated to make up half of the $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts scheduled to start in January 2013, it’s important to remember why Congress and President Obama agreed in the Budget Control Act to split those automatic cuts equally between defense and non-defense programs.  Here, a budget experts gives a good summary on the background of the "trigger cuts"