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By Matt Kibbe
The short-term deal will assure long-term overspending
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Pete Kasperowicz
"Lawmaker salaries are not appropriated by Congress, so they don't get treated as an account for the purposes of sequestration. And while items found in presidential budgets are subject to the sequester, member salaries are not found in the presidential budget either. For these reasons, the Office of Management and Budget has not applied any sequester to members of Congress since the law was put in place," Mr. Kasperowicz says.
For example, the law says federal 'accounts' are subject to the sequester, and defines 'accounts' as items that are appropriated by Congress," he says.