DIKSIA.COM - As the nation teetered on the brink of defaulting on its obligations, a familiar scenario unfolded in 2011.
Meanwhile, the Democratic president, Barack Obama, engaged in negotiations to prevent a fiscal catastrophe.
The agreement entailed over $900 billion in immediate spending cuts and deficit reduction measures, alongside the establishment of a joint congressional committee tasked with identifying an additional $1.2 trillion in necessary belt-tightening measures.
He and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, a Republican, are tirelessly urging their respective parties to promptly approve their agreement to address the pressing debt limit issue before the United States risks defaulting on June 5.
It became evident that things did not unfold according to plan, as a significant portion of the proposed reductions was eventually scaled back through a series of subsequent bipartisan bills.
“After Congress delved into the intricacies of the programs and the required cuts, they came to the realization that such deep reductions were unattainable,” explained Brian Riedl, a senior fellow at the right-leaning Manhattan Institute who played a key role in the 2011 negotiations.
What Transpired Following the 2011 Deal
The joint committee formed in 2011 faced the daunting task of identifying additional deficit reduction measures to offset the approved $1.2 trillion increase in the debt ceiling.
Failure to meet this objective would trigger automatic spending cuts, known as sequestration, that would gradually rein in projected expenditure growth over the next decade.