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Topic - David Werfel
Seeking to build political pressure on Republicans, the White House on Friday laid out some of the costs of looming spending "sequesters," saying the administration would cut 70,000 youngsters from Head Start, would reduce federal loans to small businesses and slash the number of food safety inspectors on the job.
"Sequester is a blunt and indiscriminate instrument that poses a serious threat to our national security, domestic priorities, and the economy," said David Werfel, the federal controller for the White House's Office of Management and Budget. "It does not represent a responsible way to achieve deficit reduction."
"Across the government we'll see assistance programs slashed; we'll see contracts cut; we'll see employees out of work," Mr. Werfel said. "And we'll have no choice. The blunt, irresponsible, and severe nature of sequestration means that we can't plan our way out of these consequences or take steps to soften the blow."