The Washington Post reports politicians are using various legislative gimmicks to circumvent the sequestration. President Obama, in presenting his fiscal 2016 budget, said openly he was exceeding the sequestration caps by $75 billion, with half to go to defense spending and the other half to non-defense expenditures. He is also seeking $51 billion for what is called the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account, which is considered “emergency funding” and not included in sequestration, and pays for fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and elsewhere. However, the Republican-controlled House and Senate budget committees are taking a slightly different tack. They both have claimed to be sticking with the 2011 law’s cap, approving $523 billion for core Defense Department spending. But both chambers dramatically upped the proposed $51 billon in the OCO account, the Senate by that same $38 billion the president put directly into the core budget, and the House by even more, though it is expected to come into line with the Senate.