A conference committee has been established, with a Dec. 13 report back date to propose a new budget. Republican Paul Ryan is already discussing cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Republican obstructionists have prevented any agreement, so cuts are in effect and have already damaged health, nutrition, education, public safety and many other programs.
Republicans are committed to the belief that the only way out of the economic crisis is through austerity for the people. Clearly many Democrats as well buy into this profits-before-people policy.
The term "sequester" hides from Americans the damage being wrought by a GOP-led Congress bent on slashing programs that help poor and working-class people.