When has spending gone down?
Notice the article quotes the culprit as “pending” cuts. In other words the economy stalled—if it was in fact previously moving—due to spending that hasn’t been cut yet but might be. Yes, they are that transparent.
I can listen to the argument that “brinksmanship” scares the stock market and pending cuts may frighten investors. Especially ones with skin in the gubmint money game, which is almost all of them. But the notion that possible future cuts have affected growth already? That’s insane.