Among the categories which the law spares from the spending cuts are:
•Social Security benefits
•The Medicaid health insurance program for low-income people
•Payments to individuals in the form of refundable tax credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit for low-wage workers and the tax credits under the 2010 health care law to help people buy health insurance.
•Retirement benefits paid to retired federal workers
•Child Nutrition Programs, including the School Lunch and School Breakfast programs,
•The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly called “food stamps”
•Pell Grants for college students
•Unobligated cash balances, carried over from prior years, for nondefense programs
•Pay for military personnel.