3. Who is to blame for the sequester?
Short answer: almost everybody.
The actual mechanics of the sequester â€“ dangling a deficit-reduction goal in front of a team of lawmakers with a harsh consequence for failure â€“ was dreamed up by the White House, notably by Treasury Secretary nominee Jacob Lew.
Thatâ€™s the account given by veteran journalist Bob Woodward in his book, â€śThe Price of Politics.â€ť
Yet every member of the congressional GOP leadership who now criticize the cuts as the â€śpresidentâ€™s sequesterâ€ť voted for the bill.
Whatever the case, the bill passed with 269 â€śyeaâ€ť votes in the House â€“ 174 Republicans (the vast majority of their conference) and almost 100 Democrats to boot.
On the Senate side, 28 Republicans joined nearly all Democrats to notch 74 "yea" votes.