WASHINGTON Feb 8 Automatic government spending
cuts due to go into effect March 1 unless Congress acts to
prevent them would bite deeply into programs affecting many
Americans such as law enforcement, small business assistance,
food safety, and tax collection, the White House said on Friday.
The administration urged Congress to blunt the effect of the
reductions, which the White House said would slash nondefense
programs by 9 percent across the board and defense programs by
13 percent, the White House said.
"These large and arbitrary cuts will have severe impacts
across the government," the administration said in a statement.