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Cabinet Members Testify on the Impact of Sequestration

Washington, DC
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Members of President Obama's cabinet detail the direct effect that sequestration will have on their agencies. Senate Appropriations Committee members will press the witnesses on budget-related scenerios and potential outcomes.

Each agency director is set to defend their annual budget and are expected to urge committee lawmakers to avoid the upcoming across-the-board discretionary funding cuts required by the Budget Control Act of 2011.

Witnesses are: Danny Werfel, federal controller, Office of Management and Budget; Education Secretary Arne Duncan; Homeland Security Janet Napolitano; HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan; and Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL) are reportedly crafting a sequester replacement bill.

According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, sequestration could reduce federal department funding by 5.1% in 2013.

Updated: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 3:32pm (ET)

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