White House Warns of Sequestration Damage Across Government

February 8, 2013

If sequestration takes effect March 1, more than 1,000 FBI and other federal law enforcement agents would be sidelined, hundreds of federal prosecutors and thousands of food safety inspectors would be furloughed, and widespread furloughs at the IRS would leave millions of taxpayers unable to get answers from IRS call centers as the April 15 tax deadline approaches, according to the White House.

The White House released a fact sheet Friday afternoon spelling out the troubling consequences of sequestration, and how the steep budget cuts would hamper the government’s effectiveness.

With the $85 billion in sequestration cuts compressed into seven months instead of an entire year, the White House said defense programs will effectively be cut by 13 percent, and nondefense programs will be cut by 9 percent.

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