Source: Jon Ward / The Huffington Post
High level sources on Capitol Hill expect the sequester to happen at this point.
Some leading Republicans have said this. But Hill aides also say they expect, essentially, two failed votes and then a possible negotiation after the impact of the sequester is actually felt.
The two votes would come the week after next. Congress is out on recess next week, and will have four days when they come back before the sequester hits on March 1.
The negotiations over a potential replacement will be guided, in part, by the public response to the sequester’s impacts. If it is dramatic, that could force Republicans to come to the table. If the public reaction is not overwhelming, Republicans are likely to just let the sequester stay in place.
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