Feds Would Feel Effects of Sequestration, Report says

The Office of Management and Budget on Friday released a report on the effects and impacts of the across-the-board cuts set to take effect in January 2013.

The 400-page report includes numbers that would impact nearly every federal agency, but senior administration officials would not estimate the number of job losses or furloughs that could occur if the automatic cuts are triggered.

The Obama Administration was required to release the report under the 2012 Sequester Transparency Act to detail how the cuts will impact federal programs and agencies. The sequestration is set to take effect Jan. 2, 2013, unless Congress agrees to a budget deal.

"The administration does not support the across-the-board cuts detailed in this report,” said a senior administration official in a conference call with reporters. “We believe they should never be implemented. Bipartisan majorities in both the House and Senate voted for the threat of sequestration to force Congress to act. It was intended to drive both to compromise. While the effort last year failed, there is still time to act.”

The report also labeled Republican efforts to avoid sequestration as irresponsible since they propose cuts that alter only parts of the sequestration.

“The release today of a report detailing across-the-board budget cuts – including the cuts to national security that the president demanded during last year’s budget negotiations – highlights the crippling effect these reductions will have on our nation’s security and underscores the urgent need for the president to work with congressional Republicans to replace these destructive cuts,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. “Although the sequestration report lacks detail, it makes glaringly clear that those programs most closely related to combat readiness of the force will be severely cut. And while the report claims that the president has offered ‘balanced and comprehensive deficit reduction’ solutions, his plan was so unserious that it was rejected by every single member of Congress.”

President Obama has said that military personnel and veterans benefits will be exempt from the effects of the sequestration.

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