OMB Chief to Testify on Defense Cuts

July 9, 2012

The acting White House budget director has agreed to testify before the House Armed Services Committee next month on the administration's plans for carrying out more than $1 trillion in across-the-board budget cuts that could roll out over the next 10 years.

Jeffrey Zients is scheduled to appear before the committee on Aug. 1, Claude Chafin, a spokesman for committee chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), told POLITICO. And he'll be joined by a senior "defense official," Chafin said in an email.

The decision is the latest development in a months-long saga in which lawmakers and industry leaders have been pressing the White House to explain how it would implement the budget cuts, called sequestration, which are set to begin taking effect on Jan. 2, unless Congress acts to avert them. 

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