UC reckons with $370 million in cuts from federal sequester

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The Daily Californian

By: Vergie Hoban

The federal sequester — the mandate that slashed billions of dollars from crucial federal programs — was never supposed to happen.

President Barack Obama and others hoped the threat of sequestration alone would be devastating enough to force compromise among the divided Republicans and Democrats in Congress who seemed unable to agree on a federal budget.

But to the dismay of many Americans, including many researchers and administrators at the University of California, who watched nervously as members of Congress continued bickering in the days leading up to the Nov. 23, 2011, deadline, the sequester became reality. 

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