Say it’s now March 2, and the sequester has gone into effect. Is there any way to undo or limit it?
Sure, but it’ll take an act of Congress and Obama’s signature. So the best chance for averting the sequester’s major consequences might be to let it take effect and see if there’s a widespread backlash from business and the public that somehow provokes lawmakers and Obama to compromise. That’s hardly guaranteed. One legislative option would be to turn to a separate effort to prevent a government shutdown on March 27 and use that bill to address the sequester or to give agencies flexibility in mitigating its effects.