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Budget Cutters Got Creative To Reach Goal

Now that details of the recently agreed to $38 billion in spending cuts are out, much of the news coverage is on the creativity budget cutters used to reach the ultimate number.

NPR's Mark Memmott at our news blog, The Two-Way, points us to some of the coverage. Suffice it to say that because it was a compromise, no one got all they wanted.

Not House Republicans, who failed to totally defund the health-care law and other programs or institutions they're not fond of (Planned Parenthood, NPR.) Not Democrats who were forced to accept significant cuts in cherished health, education and labor programs.

A big part of the creative accounting is this: it seems there's at least $12 billion that might look like double-counting to some.

According to Bloomberg News, that's the amount of savings included in legislation to fund the remainder of the present fiscal year that was also included in previous stop gap funding bills.

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